Limerick County Council has been shortlisted for an award in the 2013 Excellence in Local Government Awards scheme, details of which have been announced. The Kilmallock Water Supply is one of just three such services in the country to be shortlisted in the ‘Strategic Water Initiative’ category.

Limerick County Council earlier this year became the first Irish recipient of a prestigious internationally-recognised quality standard for the delivery of drinking water when it was presented with ISO 24512:2007 certification for its management of the Kilmallock Water Treat-ment Plant, which serves 2,500 customers in south County Limerick.

Commenting on the award nomination and the Kilmallock Water Supply, Director of Services Josephine Cotter-Coughlan stated: “Kilmallock draws its water from the River Loobagh at the townland of Ballingaddy, some 3 kilometres by river upstream from the old monastery site. The current water treatment plant at Ballingaddy was opened in 1987, with Mr. Richard O’Neill as the plant operator. Richard remains the main plant operator and has played a major role in developing and maintaining the water treatment system and in achieving ISO 24512:2007 certification for the plant.

“Regarding the plant itself, the water drawn from the River Loobagh undergoes a full treatment process at one location before being pumped to the reservoir. The plant is currently supplying over 1100 cubic metres or approximately 250,000 gallons per day to the town but has the capability of supplying another 1100 cubic metres day if required.” Ms Cotter-Coughlan stated.

The Awards will take place on Wednesday 13th November in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.