Council calls on Irish Water to maintain investment in Kerry

Kerry’s Director of Water Services says he hopes investment in the county’s water network will be maintained. Oliver Ring’s comments come ahead of the beginning of the transfer of water infrastructure from Kerry County Council to Irish Water. Oliver Ring Kerry County Council Director of Water & Emergency Services, Director of Environmental Services Kerry County Council says 2012 was one of the wettest on record creating additional difficulties for water treatment plants to provide clean, quality drinking water. The council says the continued significant investment in Kerry’s 72 water supply schemes has seen the quality of the county’s water continue to improve as outlined by the Environment Protection Agency 2012 Quality of Drinking Water Report. Almost 19 million euro in Government funding has been made available for works in the county. Currently 38 upgrades are substantially complete, 6 are at construction and 6 are to commence before the end of the year. Oliver Ring, Director of Water Services, is hoping that this level of investment would continue after the transfer to Irish Water.  He says this is crucial in order to improve and maintain our water networks in the county.