The town of Templemore, County Tipperary, lies on the Mall River, which drains a catchment area of 22km2 that includes parts of the Kilduff and Devilsbit Mountains, before flowing into the River
Suir two kilometres further downstream. The town has a long history of flooding, with a number of events having been reported over the last 150 years. The flood relief scheme will include a section of channel relocation. This means 750m of new river channel will be created. The overall benefit of the Templemore Flood Relief Scheme is that it will eliminate the risk of flooding in the area which has suffered several times in the past with many commercial and residential properties being flooded. Mitigation measures identified during the Environmental Impact Assessment have been incorporated into the scheme design and are documented in the Construction Environmental Management Plan to reduce impacts to people including potential noise, dust and traffic impacts. The final landscaping measures to be incorporated as part of the scheme has considered materials and planting to make the area more visually appealing for local residents and visitors. Health and Safety procedures are followed in all steps of the project, in line with appropriate guidelines and legislation. Construction phase monitoring is undertaken by TOBIN staff.
This project seeks to provide practical measures to safeguard the catchments to the Group Water Scheme sources from potential contamination. It is being done in collaboration with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes and Geological Survey Ireland.
Provision of a sustainable drinking water supply is at the core of this ambitious project through a combination of risk identification and risk mitigation. This accords with the W.H.O. guidelines that seeks to get providers of drinking water to manage their water supplies through a Drinking Water Safety Plan (DWSPs) approach. DWSPs comprise making the water both ‘safe’ via water treatment and ‘secure’ through risk management of the catchment to the drinking water source. The catchment to the source can be 100m2 to several tens of km2. Thus, the risks are any potential source of contamination, e.g., farm yards, septic tanks, roads, forestry. This project also seeks to engage with the stakeholders, bringing them on board in the endeavours to safeguard the drinking water.
A strong focus of this project is to drive behavioural change amongst the community that live in the catchments. Measures and practices that safeguard the water supply include improvements of biodiversity, restoring and protecting water courses that flow through the land.