Irish Water is progressing work on a major project to improve water supply for residents of Kilkenny city and surrounding areas as part of the Kilkenny Regional Water Supply Scheme upgrade. This will benefit approximately 27,000 people by providing a more secure and reliable water supply for the City.
Kilkenny City is supplied from two water treatment plants, Radestown and Troyswood. Radestown water treatment plant is currently on the EPA’s Remedial Action List (RAL), which identifies water supplies that have been identified to be at risk and in need to corrective action.
This project involves upgrading the existing Troyswood Water Treatment Plant and ancillary works to facilitate decommissioning the existing water treatment plant in Radestown. On completion of this work, all customers in Kilkenny will be supplied from the upgraded Troyswood plant.
Following extensive design and planning work, Irish Water this week published a compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the acquisition of wayleaves required for the construction of a new rising main from the Troyswood treatment plant to the Radestown treatment plant. Landowners and occupiers included in the CPO will receive individual written notices and there will be a period of public display and consideration.
Lisa Cogan, Water Infrastructure Regional Lead with Irish Water said Irish Water is committed to providing a high quality and secure water supply for the people of Kilkenny.
"The upgrade of the Kilkenny Regional Water Supply Scheme will result in tangible benefits for residents and businesses in the area by ensuring they have a safe and secure water supply now and into the future.
“The project team is committed to working with the local communities to ensure that this essential work can be carried out with minimum disruption and in as short a timeframe as possible. We are grateful to local residents and businesses for their co-operation and support to date and we will continue to provide regular updates as the project progresses.”
Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6 billion.