Roscommon may not have clean water until 2017 - Naughten

It might be March 2017 before ‘Boil water’ notices are lifted for all of county Roscommon, according to Deputy Denis Naughten.

While water in South Roscommon is expected to be safe to drink in May 2015, Irish Water said this week that those served by the North East Roscommon Scheme may have to wait until March 2017.

However Irish Water later informed Deputy Naughten that they are now looking to fast track this project to have the ‘Boil water’ notice lifted in 2016.

He says Irish Water need to install a temporary treatment plant on the North East Regional Supply, similar to what was done in Roscommon town within 12 weeks - and that in the interim no one should receive any bill from Irish Water.

“At the time that the notice was placed on the North East Regional Water Scheme, I was told by Irish Water that they were looking to relocate the current mobile treatment plant that is on the Roscommon town supply (Ballinagard springs ) as soon as that supply was upgraded in May 2015.

“For technical reasons they are not now planning to use that mobile treatment plant, and as a result the planned date for the removal of the boil water notice has, at present, been pushed back to March 2017,” said Deputy Naughten.

The North East Regional Water Scheme serves the towns of Strokestown, Elphin, Kilmore, Tulsk, Rooskey/ Kilglass, Tarmonbarry, and Scramogue together with all their hinterlands. In total it supplies a population of about 5,400 people.

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