10th March 2015
Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and waste water services throughout Ireland, in conjunction with Leitrim County Council, is pleased to announce the lifting of the boil water notice on the Drumcong Water Supply Scheme. The 117 customers affected by the notice can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.
On the advice of the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Leitrim County Council issued a boil water notice for the Drumcong Water Supply on 25th July 2014. Irish Water commenced work in November 2014 to connect the Drumcong Scheme to the South Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme. Works were completed in December 2014 and following water quality testing and on the advice of the HSE the boil water notice has now been removed with immediate effect.
The work carried out to connect the scheme with the South Leitrim Regional Water Supply involved the installation of 2060m of new water mains and the upgrading of 430m of existing water mains. The work was completed by Frank Reynolds Plant Hire Ltd., Killamaun, Mohill Co. Leitrim on behalf of Irish Water.
Sean Corrigan, Regional Information Officer, North and West Region, Irish Water said; “We are delighted to announce the removal of the boil water notice for consumers on the Drumcong Water Supply Scheme. Once the solution was identified the works progressed quickly ensuring that normal water use could be achieved as soon as possible. Safe, clean drinking water is a right of all communities across Ireland.”
Irish Water has prioritised investment to address the serious deficiencies that exist in our water and waste water infrastructure nationally. The quality of drinking water varies across the country and investment is needed to ensure all communities and businesses nationwide have access to the same standard of drinking water. Eliminating boil water notices, such as those that existed in Drumcong, is a priority.
Irish Water invested €340m in improving water and waste water services in 2014 and will invest over €410 million in improving water services during 2015, this spend will increase over subsequent years. Capital investment of around €600m per year is required for a sustained period of several decades, in order to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure.