Buncrana drinking water to flow in
IRISH Water has said it
signed a contract today to "eliminate the risk
posed" by Greencastle's drinking water supply.
The utility company said it would invest €5.8
million in the Inishowen Regional Water Supply
Scheme to "provide a secure supply of water to the
people of Greencastle" via the Fullerton Pollan Dam
The Greencastle Water Supply has elevated levels of
trihalomethanes (THMs) and is on the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List. "These
much-needed works will enable the decommissioning of
the Greencastle Water Treatment Plant (WTP)," Irish
Water added in a statement.
The company has appointed Lagan Construction Group
Ltd., to carry out the project with works set to
begin within weeks, in April 2017.
The estimated completion date is December 2018.
Fullerton Pollan Dam at the Illies,
The Greencastle supply
is currently supplied by the Greencastle Water
Treatment Plant and the East Inishowen (Redcastle)
Water Treatment Plant.
"This project will address the current water quality
issues in the Greencastle supply by transferring
water from the Pollan Dam Water Treatment Plant to
East Inishowen while allowing the decommissioning of
the Greencastle (plant)."
Irish Water's Declan Cawley said: “The project
includes the transfer of 1,500m3/day from the Pollan
Dam Water Treatment Plant into East Inishowen and
will necessitate the construction of a pumping
station within the existing Pollan Dam site, a
6.95km rising main to a new reservoir at Crockaveeny
and 4.5km of distribution main.”
The company's operations manager for Donegal,
Laurence Nash added: “Irish Water is acutely aware
of the issue with THMs in the Greencastle water
supply and is delighted to be progressing with this
project which will eliminate the risk posed on the
supply.” The project team is to notify the local
community in advance of planned works and will
liaise closely with businesses, residents and An
Garda Síochána over potential disruption during the