Monday 21 August 2017

Boil water notices for 6,000 homes removed

Water tap closeup
Water tap closeup
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

UP to 6,000 homeowners in Roscommon are now able to drink the water from their taps for the first time in more than two years.

Irish Water has announced that a boil water notice affecting customers in Boyle and Ardcarne has been lifted, following investment of some €26.8m in new treatment works.

The HSE and Environment Protection Agency have given the all-clear to remove the restrictions following completion of a regional water supply scheme in December, seven months ahead of schedule.

The company also said that boil water notices affecting 11,300 customers in Castlerea and South Roscommon, at Killeglan, will be lifted in the coming weeks after completion of two plants, subject to final sign-off from the HSE,

Temporary works in the north east of the county will be completed in September, allowing another 5,400 customers to drink the water from their taps. A new scheme will be in place in 2017 which will restore normal supplies to customers in Strokestown, Elphin, Roosky and Tarmonbarry.

"Customers in Roscommon have endured some of the greatest disruption to their water supply and this vital work would not have been completed in this timeframe had Irish Water not been able to prioritise the delivery of the contract secured by Roscommon County Council in late 2013," Jerry Grant from Irish Water said.

Three new treatment plants, at Lisbrock, Ballinagard serving Roscommon town and Ballyfarnon serving Arigna, will be completed by the summer.

Irish Independent

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