IRISH WATER has announced that it will create 90 jobs following the development of a national laboratory for water analysis in Limerick.
The utility confirmed that it is submitting a planning application for the “world-class facility”, which it said will offer “a substantial benefit to the local and regional economy” with the employment of 90 jobs by 2023.
Irish Water said it will also create “excellent career opportunities to scientific and technical graduates and professionals”.
The proposed development will be located on the Old Ballysimon Road.
It is expected that the new lab will receive 250,000 water and wastewater samples from across the country, undertaking 1.5m tests. This will also include testing river and lake water quality, a spokesperson said.
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, Irish Water said.
“Irish Water selected Limerick as the site for this national laboratory for a range of reasons including the quality of its third level institutions; a reputation as a centre for advanced tech industry; and its accessibility by road, rail and air. Limerick also offers an attractive location in the Mid-West of Ireland for people choosing to take up a career with Irish Water,” it stated.