14 October 2016 Go back to News
North East Roscommon Boil Water Notice lifted with immediate effect
Irish Water and Roscommon County Council wish to notify all customers on the North East Roscommon Regional Water Supply Scheme, that following advice from the Health Service Executive, the boil water notice issued on the supply in March 2014 is now lifted with immediate effect.
Customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.
The North East Roscommon scheme was placed on the Boil Water Notice two and a half years ago following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply. To address this, Irish Water have installed a temporary Water Treatment Plant consisting of coagulation, containerised filtration and a UV disinfection system at Lisheen Lake. This investment, valued at over €800,000 was carried out by Irish Water’s regional minor programmes team.
This a temporary solution for the interim period until such time as the permanent water treatment plant is commissioned and fully operational. Once the permanent plant is commissioned, the temporary, containerised unit, which is portable, will be reused and deployed at future sites that require UV and/or filtration.
Commenting, Laura Heneghan, Irish Water’s Minor Programmes Specialist said: “The interim solution is providing a robust and reliable treatment process for the 3,000 people on the scheme and is ensuring that the drinking water meets all EU and Irish Water standards.”
“Construction Works on the long term solution for North East Roscommon are continuing and involves constructing a new water treatment plant which will abstract water from a new source at Grange Lough. This treatment plant will ultimately replace the temporary plant in operation at Lisheen Lake and is scheduled for completion in the quarter two of 2017,” explained Anthony Skeffington, Irish Water’s Regional Water Lead for Co Roscommon.
Irish Water and Roscommon County Council would like to thank the general public for their patience, cooperation and assistance during the period of the boil water notice and greatly regrets any inconvenience caused to householders, the farming and the business communities.
The Irish Water Customer Contact Centre (1850 278 278) is available to answer customer queries in relation to this water notice. Further information and additional advice for customers is available on our service & supply section.