By Dan Walsh in Gorey
It was a good Friday for the residents and businesses of Gorey with the announcement from Irish Water that additional funding will be provided for the Creagh Water Treatment Plant. Irish Water has invested €100,000 on the Creagh Water Treatment Plant since August.
Irish Water states that it has expedited steps to secure funding to upgrade the Creagh Water Treatment Plant in Gorey. A team of experts have been examining the short and long-term solutions while work on the short-term solutions has already begun.
This involves a refurbishment of the existing filtration plant, but due to the complex nature of these works, they will be carried out over the next fortnight. This is to minimise the disruption to supply, and Irish Water will endeavour to lift the Boil Water Notice once these works are complete, plant performance is assessed and having consulted with the HSE.
Irish Water has invested €100,000 on the Creagh Water Treatment Plant since August 2021 on a range of capital works and is also pleased to announce that it received approval in principle, subject to specifications and costings to acquire an additional treatment system to provide further resilience to the water treatment plant.
The treatment plant’s long-term solution is also being explored currently and risk analysis has been carried out on the supply and the current treatment process. This is the starting point for developing the long-term solution for the treatment plant at Creagh. Further information on the long-term solution will be shared once complete.
Regional Operations Manager Jim Fitzgerald told WexfordLocal.com; “We are pleased to announce that we are in a position to lift the Enniscorthy Boil Water Notice immediately, having consulted the Health Service Executive (HSE), however the Boil Water Notice remains in place for Wexford Town and Gorey until further review next week.
“The recent weather event has proven extremely difficult to treat our water on a few river supplies in Wexford. The issues from last weekend had a big impact on water produced and the priority now is to recover reservoir levels on the supply. We will monitor the plant performances closely over the coming days and we hope to lift the Boil Water Notices in Wexford Town and Gorey as soon as possible, having consulted the HSE.
Prior to last week’s excessive rain, Irish Water had committed an investment of €2 million for the Newtown Water Treatment Plant (Wexford town). In recent days Irish Water has engaged with several process experts to look at various options of the treatment process at Newtown, while also looking at options to expedite delivery of critical elements of €2m investment.
Mr. Fitzgerald added; “I would like to reiterate our commitment and that of Wexford County Council’s in getting all of the Boil Water Notices lifted across Wexford as soon as it is safe to do so. We regret the inconvenience this causes households and business, but public health is our number one priority.”
Vulnerable customers who have concerns can contact the Irish Water customer care team on 1800 278 278.