Two-year boil water notice ended as part of €10 million investment

Irish Water delivered an early Christmas present this week to the people of Ballinlough in Co. Roscommon following the announcement that the boil water notice, which has been in place for almost two years, has been lifted.
Over 3,600 people in the Ballinlough area who have been advised to boil their water before consumption since December 29 2015 will be relieved to know that this has been lifted. The notice follows extensive investment by Irish Water to supply clean water to the area.
In February of this year Irish Water, in partnership with Roscommon, Galway and Mayo County Councils announced details of a €10 million investment project. This project would see the extension of the Lough Mask water supply to Ballinlough and Williamstown. The Ballinlough stage of the project has been completed on time as promised earlier this year with the Williamstown section due to be finished early next year.
David McLoone, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Programme Regional Lead for the North West Region, said “A project of this nature underpins the importance of having one national utility for the provision of water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to thank their water services colleagues in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo County Councils for their co-operation on this strategically important project. The project is a great example of cross functional collaboration between local authorities and Irish Water. This would not have been possible without the strategic vision of a national utility.

Williamstown supply to be completed next year

We would also like to thank the main contactor BSG Civil Engineering Ltd. and their sub-contractors, as well as our Engineering Service provider, TJ O’Connor & Associates, for  delivering this section of the project on time. We look forward to working on the final stage as we complete the Williamstown section next year.”
Both the Ballinlough and Williamstown water supplies are on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL). Irish Water looks forward to the removal of the Ballinlough Scheme early next year with the Williamstown scheme expected to follow once the works in that area are completed.
Outlining the works that have taken place, Anthony Skeffington, Regional Water Lead for Mayo and Roscommon, said: “The works to supply Ballinlough included the construction of over 13 kilometres of new water mains between Ballyhaunis and Garranlahan. It also include 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 Garranlahan water tower near Ballinlough. The existing Ballinlough water treatment plant will be decommissioned as a result of this robust solution to the long-standing water problems experienced in this area.”
This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan where works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s business plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.


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