Tuesday 21 August 2018

Lough Talt Boil Water Notice could be lifted by end of April

Cathal Mullaney at Sligo County Council meeting

The Irish Water Boil Water Notice in place for consumers on the Lough Talt Public Water Supply could be lifted shortly.

That's according to Cllr Paul Taylor, who said it was his belief that the notice may be removed by the end of the month.

He was speaking following a motion from his Fianna Fáil colleague, Cllr Keith Henry, which asked the council to write to Irish Water in an effort to find out why they came up with just a 40pc discount for business customers affected by users. He also asked that the level be increased, as the rate does not meet the additional costs incurred by businesses.

"We are now coming into the third month of the notice, and there is a cost associated with buying water and indeed a cost associated with dispersing of water containers," Cllr Henry told the meeting.

"Business owners in the area say it doesn't come close to covering the cost, particularly for those involved in the hospitality sector," he said. He also commended businesses locally on not passing the extra cost on to consumers.

Cllr Margaret Gormley said that the only remedy for this problem was "a new treatment plant or an upgrade" of existing facilities. "This needs to be solved sooner rather than later," Cllr Gormley concluded.

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