Follows recommendation that there are imperative reasons of overriding public interest

Irish Water has today welcomed the decision by Sligo County Council to grant planning permission to upgrade the existing Water Treatment Plant at Lough Talt in Co Sligo, following a recommendation by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government that there are imperative reasons of overriding public interest (IROPI) to do so.

Anthony Skeffington, Regional Asset Operations Lead

“It is our sole focus to find a solution which will enable the boil water notice to be lifted as quickly as possible. We are delighted that Sligo County Council and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government were able to use the IROPI process to grant planning permission for this necessary upgrade and we are currently reviewing the conditions attached to the grant of permission. Irish Water will now be in a position to upgrade this plant to ensure the residents and businesses in this area benefit from a clean, secure supply of drinking water."

“Public health is our number one priority and it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice which remains in place.”

Works scheduled to commence in coming months

We are committed to safeguarding the treated water supplied from the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply for the future and would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience they are experiencing due to the current boil water notice. Works on this essential upgrade can now be scheduled to commence in the coming months with a completion date expected in 2020.

The long term solution will be the provision of water from an alternative source and this option is also being investigated by us in parallel to implementing the upgrade to the existing Water Treatment Plant.

Boil Water Notice remains in place

We wish to remind customers supplied by the Lough Talt water supply that the Boil Water Notice remains in place. The present Lough Talt water treatment process does not provide adequate protection against cryptosporidium and the risk of further detections remains high without a validated barrier against cryptosporidium. This can result in severe illness if the public do not boil their water before consumption.

Currently 12,576 people are affected including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteige and Coolaney. The Boil Water Notice also includes consumers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme and the following areas in Co, Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield.

Boil water notice no longer in effect in Bellaghy

The boil water notice is no longer in effect in the Bellaghy area following a connection which allowed this area to be supplied from the Charlestown public water supply. This connection removed 488 customers from the boil water notice in Bellaghy, Sandyhill, Cloonaughill, Cully, the southern 80% part of Bunnacrannagh, Brackloonagh, Brogher, Lissard, and Curryfuel.

We regret the inconvenience this boil water notice has had on businesses and residents and would like to thank all customers for their continued co-operation during the period of the notice. Business customers will receive a 40% rebate on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the boil water notice and this will be back dated to February 5, 2018.

More information

Further information and additional advice for customers on the boil water notice is available by calling Irish Water’s 24-hour customer care helpline on 1850 278 278, billing enquiries to 1850 778 778.

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