Irish Water has confirmed the lifting today by the HSE of Boil Water Notices for 11,300 customers in Killeglan and Castlerea following EPA inspections of these plants early this week. The national utility has implemented an integrated programme that will allow Boil Water Notices to be lifted for 22,700 in Co. Roscommon in 2015 through a prioritised programme of work and a total investment by Irish Water of €26.8m. Some customers in these areas have had to boil water for drinking since 2009. 

Work on the Boyle Ardcarne Regional Water Supply Scheme was completed by Irish Water in December 2014, 7 months ahead of schedule. This removed a Boil Water Notice affecting 6,000 customers. Work on the Killeglan and Castlerea plants was completed early in 2015. Following the required period of audit and testing by the Environment Protection Agency and the Health Services Executive, the Boil Water Notice was officially lifted for 6,000 customers in Boyle on 1st May. 

The Killeglan and Castlerea plants have been producing treated drinking water since March and following continuous testing and completion of EPA inspection audits at both plants this week, the HSE has today lifted the boil water notice for both supplies meaning an additional 11,300 Irish Water Customers in Roscommon now have a clean safe drinking water supply. 

An additional 5,400 customers in North East Roscommon are also expected to have a temporary filtration and UV treatment system in place by late 2015 that will 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 will restore a normal drinking water supply to customers in Strokestown, Elphin, Roosky and Termonbarry and nearby areas, for the first time since March, 2014. 

John Tierney Managing Director of Irish Water, said “Dealing with the boil water notices endured by thousands of customers in Roscommon has been a top priority since Irish Water came into existence. Irish Water as a national water utility has been able to fast-track and co-ordinate the completion of this and other projects in Co. Roscommon so that Boil Water Notices will be lifted for 22,700 customers in Roscommon by the end of this year. We acknowledge the work of the contractors and Roscommon County Council in helping us to achieve this.”

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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