The works also include upgrades to the filtration units.
Works are starting on a midlands water treatment plant.
Uisce Éireann annd Offaly County Council say the upgrade will ensure the continued delivery of a clean, safe drinking water supply the communities of Clara, Ballycumber, Ferbane, Doon, Belmont, Shannonharbour and Shannonbridge.
This project will cost €9.7m and includes works to modernise and improve the treatment processes at the plant, to ensure raw water continues to be treated to the highest standards.
The works also include upgrades to the filtration units, central controls and automation systems which will improve resilience at the Water Treatment Plant.
Martin Temple, programme manager with Uisce Éireann said: Uisce Éireann is delighted to be investing in this significant and essential project for the communities of Clara, Ferbane and neighbouring areas. This significant upgrade is required to ensure compliance with drinking water regulations and reduce the risk of water quality issues in the future.”
Martin added, “The upgrade works carried out as part of this project will ensure the continued delivery of safe, clean drinking water to residents and businesses for current and future generations. We look forward to working with the local community as we continue investing in Offaly’s critical infrastructure.”
The works will address potential risks to water quality and enable the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Remedial Action List (RAL).
The works are being carried out by Veolia Water Ireland on behalf of Uisce Éireann and are expected to be completed in Summer 2024.
Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment. To find out more visit www.water.ie