The delay in providing the North Eastern Water Supply scheme for Co. Roscommon cost the taxpayer over €7m according to Cllr. Tom Crosby. He was speaking at this week’s monthly meeting of Roscommon Co. Council. His statement was made during a debate on the 2007 rural water programme. It was revealed at the meeting that the scheme would cost €13.5 million and that preliminary works on the scheme would begin later this year. ‘This is great news for the people served by this large scheme which takes in almost 10,000 houses in the Tarmonbarry, Rooskey, Ballyleague, Strokestown and Elphin areas and I hope the work gets underway as soon as possible’ said Cllr. Crosby. ‘However I want to point out that the first costing we got for this scheme was €6 million and now it is €13.5 million. I don’t know who is responsible for the delay but it has cost the taxpayer €7m, which is a lot of money.’ News of the €13.5 million allocation was also welcomed by local area Cllrs. Eugene Murphy, Gerry Garvey and Valerie Byrne.