Kerry Central Water Supply Scheme

Client: Irish Water

Location:  Killarney, County Kerry

Date:  April 2016- April 2018

Contract Value: € 30 million

Client Representives:  Nicholas O'Dwyer Ltd. Consulting Engineers & Tobins

Kerry Central Water Supply Scheme Shortlisted for Engineering Project of the Year

The scheme provides a safe and sustainable drinking water for over 62,000 people in "Ireland’s Tourism Capital".

Glan Agua / MEIC with Nicholas O’Dwyer / Tobin and Irish Water in association with Kerry County Council are delighted to be shortlisted by Engineers Ireland for the Engineering Project of the Year Award for the development of a new water treatment plant in Central Kerry. The new Lough Guitane water treatment plant is one of the largest in the country and can provide 51 million litres of treated drinking water every day to over 62,000 customers in the communities of Killarney, Tralee, Castleisland and Castlemaine.

Killarney is “Ireland’s tourism capital”, receiving 1.1 million visitors annually, supporting over 3,000 local jobs and generating €410 million every year.  The €30 million upgrade to the Kerry Central Water Supply Scheme is a key element in ensuring the continued economic prosperity of the region by putting in place the necessary infrastructure for the provision of a safe and reliable water supply and safeguard the region’s reputation as a world famous tourist destination.

The Kerry Central Water Supply Scheme is listed on the Remedial Action List of the Environmental Protection Agency as having: “Inadequate treatment for Cryptosporidium and elevated levels of trihalomethanes above the standard in the Drinking Water Regulations”. The new water treatment plant comprises of the required treatment processes which address these risks to drinking water quality.

MEIC was appointed as Civil Design Build Contractor by sister company Glan Agua for the scheme. Irish Water, in association with Kerry County Council, acted as the Contracting Authority and oversaw the Project from inception to final commissioning phase. When the WTP was commissioned it was handed over to our operations team, who will now operate this new facility. Construction commenced in April 2016 and was substantially completed within a 24-month period, on budget and to a very high standard.

Please show your support for this project by voting it as Engineers Ireland, Engineering Project of the Year before the deadline of midnight, on Friday, 2 November. Votes can be cast by clicking this link.