Strokestown area could lose its ‘boil water’ notice

The ‘boil water’ notices affecting around 5,000 people in the Strokestown and surrounding areas could be lifted in the very near future, local councillors Eugene Murphy (Fianna Fáil) and Valerie Byrne (Independent) have said.

  In a joint statement, they said that Irish Water’s ultra violet system in place on the North East Water supply would be operational in the “coming weeks”. They said that, subject to further testing by the Health Service Executive and Environmental Protection Agency, the notice could then be removed.

  They added: “We met with Irish Water in Roscommon town on Monday last along with Kieran Madden, of Roscommon County Council, and were informed of the impending good news.

  “We also queried the installation of the permanent system and were informed that the contract, once its signed, could be completed in nine months.

  “We welcome the progress made and look forward to the ‘boil water’ notice disappearing shortly.”

  At present, people in the various areas in northeast Roscommon – including Strokestown, Elphin, Tulsk, Scramogue, Tarmonbarry and Slatta – are subject to ‘boil water’ notices, due to an outbreak of crytosporidium.