Irish Water has confirmed the lifting of a Boil Water Notice affecting 6,000 customers in Boyle, Co. Roscommon as the first step in an integrated programme to resolve all outstanding Boil Water Notices in Co. Roscommon this year. This has been achieved though a dedicated prioritised programme of work and a total investment by Irish Water of €26.8m.

Residents in the areas of Boyle and Ardcarne have been notified today that drinking water restrictions imposed on their supply since 2013 are now fully removed thanks to work on the Boyle Ardcarne Regional Water Supply Scheme which was completed by Irish Water in December 2014, 7 months ahead of schedule.

Following the required period of audit and testing by the Environment Protection Agency and the Health Services Executive, final certification of the treated drinking water supply in Boyle/Ardcarne has been confirmed today following a final inspection audit on Wednesday 29th April. The boil water notice has therefore been lifted for all 6,000 customers in Boyle and 400 customers in Hughestown, Co. Roscommon, where a Boil Water Notice was imposed last month.

Boil water notices in Castlerea and South Roscommon (Killeglan) for a further 11,300 customers are expected to be lifted in the coming weeks also due to Irish Water’s prioritised work programme. These 2 plants are in full production and are undergoing continuous testing which is expected to lead to formal sign-off audits in the coming weeks. An additional 5,400 customers in North East Roscommon are also expected to have a temporary UV treatment system in place by September 2015 that could allow the boil water notice to be lifted in advance of full completion of the permanent water supply scheme in that area in early 2017. This would restore a normal drinking water supply to customers in Strokestown, Elphin, Roosky and Tarmonbarry and surrounds, for the first time since March, 2014. Prioritised investment of €26.8m by Irish Water in Roscommon will provide clean secure drinking water supply to more than 22,700 customers by late 2015.

Jerry Grant, Head of Assets with Irish Water said, “Customers in Roscommon have endured some of the greatest disruption to their water supply and this vital work would not have been completed in this timeframe had Irish Water not been able to prioritise the delivery of the contract secured by Roscommon County Council in late 2013. Irish Water has clearly said since it took over responsibility for water services that it is not acceptable for our customers to not have a safe secure drinking water supply and our singular focus has been to deal with this problem as a matter of priority,” Jerry Grant said.

For the first time, Irish Water as a national water utility has been able to fast-track and co-ordinate the completion of work in those areas with the greatest problems. We are focussed on bringing the water treatment systems and standards in Roscommon up to what they should be and customers should not expect any less”, Jerry Grant said.

Majella Hunt, Director of Services, Roscommon County Council, in welcoming the lifting of the notice said “it is a hugely important day for the people of Boyle and Ardcarne having endured great disruption in their daily lives for such a long time. I want to thank all those in Irish Water and Roscommon County Council for their work in accelerating the work programme to ensure the lifting of the notice and we look forward all boil water notices in Roscommon being lifted in the near future”.

Boil water notices are being lifted in Roscommon at the same time that three other new water treatment plants at Lisbrock in south Roscommon, Ballinagard serving Roscommon town and Ballyfarnon serving Arigna, are close to completion. These supplies are currently on the EPA Remedial Action List and ‘at risk’ of boil water notices being issued. This risk will be removed when all 3 plants are fully commissioned by mid-2015, further securing a high quality drinking water supply for Co. Roscommon.

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