Irish Water, working in partnership with Laois County Council, is investing €2.7 million in the construction of a new water treatment plant for Portarlington and the surrounding areas.
The water company says this investment is part of the Portarlington Water Supply Scheme and the new treatment plant will be constructed at the existing La Bergerie, Wellfield site. The investment will provide a reliable and sustainable water supply for Portarlington and the surrounding areas.
The contract for the project was signed last week by Irish Water and Veolia Water Ireland. Work on the new treatment plant is expected to start in the coming months and it will take about 12 months to complete. Irish Water says the investment will deliver a modern treatment plant and a reliable service to support future growth and development in the area for residential and commercial expansion.
“Providing a safe and secure water supply for the communities and businesses in Portarlington and the surrounding areas is a key objective for Irish Water. We are pleased to deliver this project that will provide real benefits for the community in terms of security, quality and reliability of supply,” said William McKnight of Irish Water.
Laois TD and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan welcomed the announcement.
“This is good news for Portarlington and the surrounding areas. The new water treatment plant will ensure that customers in the Portarlington area will receive a high standard of quality drinking water.
“Providing a safe and secure supply of water is a matter of importance. This upgrade will ensure drinking water in Portarlington is in compliance with National Drinking Water Guidelines,” said the Fine Gael Minister.
Minister Flanagan added that he has been informed that works are expected to commence in June 2016.
Cllr Aidan Mullins welcomed the news.
“With water quality frequently very poor in the town, hopefully this upgrade will ensure a reliable supply of high quality drinking water,” he said.
The existing plant has a capacity to supply water to 5,000 people from three wells.