Good Water Status

The quality of the water distributed throughout our scheme is of paramount importance to us and is not something that is left to chance. A highly sophisticated processing plant continuously monitors the water quality extracted from the ground and ensures that the water leaving the treatment plant is of a standard fit for human consumption and in compliance with the various water standards and regulations that we are required to adhere to. Once the water leaves the treatment plant we continue to monitor the water quality to ensure the quality of the water has not been compromised. This is achieved through regular chlorine residual testing. We scour the pipe line regularly to keep it clean and in addition to this chemical analysis tests are taken by us and the Galway County Council and tested independently.  Click here for access to the schemes water Quality reports.

Following our most recent chemical analysis our current water status is:


This means that the latest tests performed on the water are within the required parameters. It also meant that there are no outstanding concerns raised in relation to the quality of our water.  Even if we believe the quality of our water to be excellent, once a concern is raised and the results are pending this water status notice will be changed to reflect this concern.   Click here to view a practical guide to the 48 parameters that come under the Drinking Water Regulations which has been issued by the National Federation of Group Water Schemes.

One item of concern raised in the past by our members has been in relation to the Lime level in our water.  Our water results show that the water is excessively hard but complies with the Drinking Water Regulation limits.  We followed up on this and addressed the concern through Ryan Hanley engineers and Glan Agua.  We were informed that:

We also reviewed the ability of our treatment plant to treat the water for Lime and we were informed there is absolutely no problem running the Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment facility in Kiltiernan water treatment plant (WTP) but the Scheme has to realise the following:

 It was the decision of the board of directors not to proceed with this additional treatment because “Additional treatment is not justifiable from the drinking water legislation/water safety point of view” and as such the additional costs cannot be justified.  For the same reason it was also agreed that it would not be appropriate for the scheme to recommend or promote hard-water treatment options that our members could install domestically.