« BackMinister turns sod to mark start of construction of new water treatment plant in Kerry

left, Damien English TD, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Centre, chatting with landowner Seamus (Sham) Courtney, Loughitane, and Jerry Grant, Managing Director Irish Water.Photo:Valerie O'SullivanA minister has given guarantees that a new €30 million water treatment plant at Lough Guitane near Killarney   will be completed.

Irish Water marked the start of construction of a new water treatment plant on Lough Guitane with a sod-turning by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English.

Glan Agua Ltd was awarded the contract for the upgrade of the largest public water supply in the county, the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme.

The works provide for upgrades to existing water infrastructure on the supply, servicing 62,000 people on nine water supply zones.

With the suspension of water charges, there’s uncertainty over how exactly water projects like this will be funded in future;  Minister English however has said that the funding is guaranteed:

The Government’s appointed a commission to report back on how water projects like this should be paid for.

However, Minister Damien English’s preference  is that water charges would remain: