Works will ensure a secure, clean and safe drinking water supply for the people of the area

Irish Water lodged a planning application on 28 May 2018 to Sligo County Council for essential, emergency upgrade works at the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant to ensure a secure, clean, safe drinking water supply for the people of the area who have been on a boil water notice since February 5 which remains in place.

As is common practice in the planning process, Sligo County Council today on Friday, July 20 2018 sought further information from Irish Water to assist them in making a decision on this application.

Ensure that this project is delivered successfully for the customers

Irish Water and its stakeholders are engaged in what is an incredibly complex process due to local environmental constraints and every stakeholder wants to ensure that the right outcome is achieved. Our aim is to provide a response to this request for additional information as quickly as possible. It is important to note that this is a complex process and it remains an absolute priority of us to ensure this project is delivered successfully for the customers who receive their water from the Lough Talt public water supply.

Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant

The Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant is currently on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL) for both cryptosporidium and Trihalomethanes (THM) risk. The level of treatment currently provided at the Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate protection against cryptosporidium. We are advising customers that in the absence of a validated cryptosporidium barrier there is a risk of further cryptosporidium detections in the supply.

Long term solution

The proposed development, if granted planning permission, will provide an effective cryptosporidium barrier and will mitigate against the formation of THMs. However, We acknowledge that the long term solution will an alternative water source to supply Tubbercurry and surrounding areas, and therefore we envisage that the proposed Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant upgrade works will be in place for up to 10 years.

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