Reform of Irish Water treatment plants to follow unsafe discharges

Major reform by Irish Water of management and oversight of its 800 water treatment plants (WTPs) is under way in the wake of the discharge of unsafe water in Gorey, Co Wexford and at Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare which serves the Greater Dublin area.

A national operations management centre team is being recruited to monitor key site operations and alarms on a 24/7 basis. 

A central telemetry or telecommunications system to collect data from and monitor all treatment plants electronically is also being installed.

It “will ultimately connect 10,000 sites, with priority being given to about 800 water treatment plants, starting with the largest and most critical”.

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