The boil water notice on the North East Roscommon regional water supply scheme is expected to be lifted by the end of September, and Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway, Eugene Murphy, has urged Irish Water to strictly adhere to this timeframe as thousands of householders “have been consistently inconvenienced.”
The scheme extends from Rooskey in the east, to Tulsk in the west, and from Drumsna in the north, to Ballyleague in the south. Deputy Murphy noted that domestic customers receive a 100% discount to the water supply portion of their bill for the duration of the boil water notice but they are still liable for the charge of wastewater services.
However the Fianna Fáil TD pointed out the “outrageous” and ridiculous” situation whereby hundreds of publicans, hoteliers, restaurants, cafes, etc. were still paying full price for both drinking water and wastewater charges despite the fact that there is a boil water notice in place.
Deputy Murphy said that work on the design, supply, installation and commissioning of pressure filters, UV reactor and control panels at Lisheen Lake pumphouse was completed in March 2016. Following this, a three-month process proving and commissioning period commenced and was completed in July 2016.
“I understand checks are currently being made on the chlorine levels at the end of the watermain network. Irish Water has indicated that the end of September is a likely date for lifting of the boil water notice but I understand that the hold-up was due to the fact that test was not able to register a result due to some technicality and that the HSE will ultimately decide on the date that the boil water notice can be lifted.
“I am calling on Irish Water to strictly adhere to the projected date of the end of September to lift the boil water notice as some 5,400 customers have been seriously inconvenienced long enough at this stage.
“A new water treatment plant for the North East Roscommon Regional Water Supply scheme is currently under construction at a new site located near Strokestown. This new plant is due for completion in May 2017. Let’s hope that Irish Water will stick to that schedule in a bid to ensure a sustainable and safe supply of drinking water to the communities of North East Roscommon,” concluded Deputy Murphy.