Approval has been given for the extension of the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme to Westport. The announcement has been welcomed by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
The extension will be funded as part of the Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2013 and it will allow for the construction of a watermain from Srah to Westport at a cost of €7.1 million. The funding will be awarded by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan to Mayo County Council.
Taoiseach Kenny said: “The extension of the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme to Westport represents a welcome investment that will support economic growth in the area as well as increase water supply in the locality benefiting local industries and hotels. This will satisfy the increase in water demand over the coming years and it will now be a matter for Mayo County Council to advance the scheme to construction, as soon as possible.”
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has also warmly welcomed this announcement: “I have been raising this matter for years and I consistently worked on it. I delivered in 1995 to 1997 on the Westport to Clonkeen Scheme and I am delighted to complete the project with this approval.”