Hard water challenge for 70 weeks

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A conditioning plant to ease problems to households caused by hard water is to be built in Kildare.

A conditioning plant to ease problems to households caused by hard water is to be built in Kildare.

But the new €3.8m plant to treat water from the new River Barrow source will not be ready for use until late November 2014 even though the county’s newest source of water will start producing from the middle of this month.

The new Barrow source is good news for the county particularly as the supply and demand in the greater Dublin area is very finely balanced, say officials.

With regular shortages in dry periods, new plant upgrades at Ballymore Eustace and Leixlip will add 60 million litres a day to the county’s supply whil the forthcoming River Barrow supply and plant will produce an additional 30 million litres a day.

However, some households in Newbridge, Kildare town, Kilcullen and parts of south central and north central Kildare, could face hard water problems such as damaged household goods.

There has been concern that because the Barrow water is harder than the softer liquid flowing from the Ballymore Eustace plant.

Initially it was thought that no condition plant would be built but that has now being changed.

At Kildare County Council’s June monthly meeting, Director of Services, Joe Boland, said they propose to blend the Barrow and and Ballymore Eustace water at the Old Kilcullen reservoir, reducing the levels of hardness to “more moderate levels.”

Mr. Boland said householders did not have to take any measures themselves and that the Barrow supply fully complied with EU drinking standards.

- Henry Bauress