THE construction of a €60 million national laboratory for Uisce Éireann in Limerick City will lead to the recruitment of around 90 scientific and technical experts who will be responsible for improving water quality data and regulatory compliance.
The new building in Ballysimon will serve as a world class facility for water analysis that will improve the sampling and testing of water and wastewater across Ireland as well as establishing education and research links to third level institutions.
The 3,800 square metre facility will have the capacity to analyse 1.2 million water and wastewater tests annually with operations expected to commence in 2025.
The National Laboratory will support the delivery of water and wastewater services across Ireland and protect public health and the environment through regulatory and operational compliance.
Speaking at a sod turning ceremony at the Ballysimon site yesterday, Minister for State for Local Government and Planning Kieran O’Donnell said the laboratory’s location in Limerick City will enable Uisce Éireann to provide high-quality technical career opportunities outside of Dublin.
Mayor Francis Foley also welcomed the significant investment in Limerick and the wider region.
“At a regional level, this National Laboratory will generate high skilled employment opportunities, attracting graduates and experienced professionals to Limerick and the region. From a national perspective, it will support Ireland’s need to continue to function as a growing economy,” he said.
Scientific Services Manager Cáit Gleeson said the laboratory will enhance Uisce Éireann’s work in protecting public health and the environment by ensuring the delivery of clean, safe water through rigorous analysis.
“This facility will house state-of-the-art equipment for microbiological and chemical analysis which will be accredited to international quality standards. It is designed with a focus on swift customer service, energy efficiency and staff welfare and will be achieved in collaboration with our key stakeholders.
“The National Laboratory’s testing and sampling capability will support the protection of public health and the environment and inform investment decisions, plant upgrades and the operation of Uisce Éireann’s assets,” she added.