More than 2,000 people as well as businesses in the Kenmare area in Co Kerry are set to benefit from a €5 million upgrade to the local water treatment plant.

The plant, which has undergone major improvements in facilities and treatments, was officially re-opened today by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

It includes a cryptosporidium barrier as well as 24 hours reservoir storage to tackle ongoing issues with the water supply.

Irish Water's Gerry O'Donnell said the upgrade was necessary to deal with water treatment issues and to secure a sustainable supply of quality drinking water for the local community.

Kenmare had been included on the EPA's Remedial Action List because of issues with the old plant and it is now expected that it will be removed from this.

The plant is one of a number of Irish Water projects under way in Co Kerry including the new €30m Lough Guitane Water Treatment Plant, which will provide a water supply to more than 60,000 people in the Killarney area.