4.5 million euro is to be invested in Kenmare’s water supply.
The announcement has been welcomed by Deputies Michael and Danny Healy-Rae and Brendan Griffin.
The current treatment plant in Kenmare doesn’t provide adequate treatment for cryptosporidium or Trihalomethanes or THMs.
Due to this the town was included in the EPA’s remedial action list.
This funding by Irish Water, in partnership Kerry County Council, will result in 2,200 people in the Kenmare area getting a safer and more reliable water supply.
Glan Agua Limited has signed a contract to carry out works to upgrade the existing water treatment plant in Kenmare which will include major works on the filtration process.
The works are estimated to begin in early 2017 and will take a year to complete.
Irish Water says the long-term availability of water for the Kenmare area remains an issue and it will be pursuing sustainable longer term sources in subsequent investment programmes.