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€10 million investment in Water Infrastructure brings lasting benefits to the Communities of Williamstown, Ballinlough, Cloonfad and Granlahan
This project enabled the planned lifting of the Boil Water Notice in Ballinlough
Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo, Roscommon and Galway County Councils today (Friday 23 November) celebrated the official opening of the €10 million investment which has seen the extension of the Lough Mask Water Supply Scheme in Co Mayo to Ballinlough, Cloonfad, Granlahan and Williamstown. This project which was completed in May enabled the planned lifting of the Boil Water Notice in Ballinglough in December 2017 and underpins the importance of a one utility approach.
The official opening took place in Williamstown and was performed by Ciaran Cannon TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Leas -Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Michael Loftus; Leas-Chathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr Peter Keaveney; Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr Ivan Connaughton and Declan Geraghty from Williamstown.
Communities have been removed from the EPA's Remedial Action List
This essential project included the construction of over 22 kilometres of new water mains, a new water pumping station at the Ballyhaunis reservoir and the construction of a new reservoir and control building at the site of the existing Granlahan water tower near Ballinlough. As a result of this robust solution to the long-standing water problems experienced in both of these areas the existing Ballinlough and Williamstown water treatment plants have now been decommissioned and the communities have been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List.
Speaking at today’s launch, Leas-Chathaoirleach of Galway County Council, Cllr Peter Keaveney; said: “Today is an important day for the people of Williamstown, Cloonfad, Granlahan, Ballinlough and the surrounding areas. The new pipeline from the Lough Mask Regional Supply will ensure a reliable supply of high quality drinking water for these areas for many years to come.”
Project has provided a long term enduring solution for 5,000 consumers
Minister Cannon added: “Our Government, through Irish Water, has invested €10 million in this project, and it’s fantastic to see the positive impact of the investment here in Williamstown. The works were made possible through the wonderful teamwork of Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo, Roscommon and Galway County Councils and the project is an excellent example of what can be achieved when people work together to deliver results for our communities. Well done to everyone who worked so hard to bring this project to fruition. It is already greatly benefitting the local area.”
Speaking about the project Michael Tinsley, Irish Water commented: “This project has provided a long term enduring solution for the 5,000 consumers in Ballinlough, Granlahan, Cloofad and Williamstown who have all had to put up with the major inconveniences of Boil Water Notices in the past. In December 2017 it enabled the planned lifting of the Boil Water Notice for people supplied from Ballinlough, and last August all consumers on this new supply were removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s, Remedial Action List, a list which highlights at risk water supplies. This project outlines the importance of a one-utility approach to the provision of water services, and it highlights Irish Waters ongoing commitment to continue to invest €5.5 billion in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.”
Declan Geraghty, Chairman of the local community group who have worked with Irish Water during their Boil Water Notice added: “We are delighted to be celebrating the official opening of this new water main. Consumers, both residential and business, are now benefitting from a modern water supply capable of serving the existing and future residential and commercial development needs of Williamstown and the surrounding rural areas. Water is one of the most essential substances on earth, critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity. A safe reliable supply is critical to rural Ireland’s economic and social development.”
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