Drinking Water figures show Kerry on the rise

Released: 24 January 2008

The figures released by the EPA in their Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland 2006-2007 show that that the quality of drinking water in the county is improving, according to the Director of Water Services in Kerry County Council, Oliver Ring.

With the rate of compliance with the most important water standards up to 98.6% from 97.1% the previous year, it continues the upward movement in water quality.

But the Director of Water Services has warned that there is plenty left to be done in improving water quality in the county, and points out that major investment is needed.

“We are aware that there are issues in relation to water quality, and the fact that we have the highest amount of testing in the country shows that we are taking our responsibilities very seriously,” Director of Water Services Oliver Ring explained.

“We are pleased that our compliance figures have improved again, but in order to properly provide quality drinking water within the county, major investment in the water network is needed.

“We are currently progressing €50m worth of water projects through to completion, but increased investment is necessary on a national level. If you look around the country, there has been massive investment in the road network, and that’s the level of investment needed for the water supply network.”

While there were 12 incidents of E. coli contamination in public water supplies in 2006, the major water schemes in Kerry, which supply water to the bulk of the county’s population, have not recorded any incidents of contamination, Oliver Ring pointed out.

“Kerry County Council is committed to investing major resources into our water supply network, to ensure that the water quality in the county is second to none.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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