28 June 2019 Go back to News
Plans to upgrade Lough Talt water treatment plant announced
Works are now progressing to ensure a safe and secure supply of water
Irish Water this afternoon met with community and public representatives to update them on plans to upgrade the water treatment plant at Lough Talt. Planning permission was granted for the essential works by Sligo County Council using the imperative reasons of overriding public interest (IROPI) process in May and works are now progressing to ensure a safe and secure supply of water will be delivered to the people on this scheme by the end of 2020.
The current Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate treatment for protection against cryptosporidium and needs to be upgraded. The water supply is included on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), because the plant does not provide sufficient protection against cryptosporidium and trihalomethanes (THM).
Commenting on the upgrade works, Padraig Hanly, Irish Water’s Regional Lead for Asset Delivery said “Irish Water is 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. We are delighted that works on this essential upgrade can now begin and we are treating this upgrade as a matter of priority. We will work with our contractors to ensure the project is delivered on time and with due regard for all environmental and public health concerns. Public health is our number one priority and it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice which remains in place. We would like to once again thank the public for their continued cooperation and patience while we work to deliver this much-needed upgrade.”
The project will be completed by the end of 2020
Irish Water will execute a works contract to complete the upgrade to the treatment plant in the coming weeks. The project will be completed by the end of 2020.
The long term solution will be the provision of water from an alternative source and this option is also being investigated by Irish Water in parallel to implementing the upgrade to the existing Water Treatment Plant.
Irish Water wishes 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.
Approximately 13,000 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.
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 per cent part of Bunnacrannagh, Brackloonagh, Brogher, Lissard, and Curryfuel.
Business customers to receive rebate
Business customers will receive a 40 per cent 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.
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, with billing enquiries to 1850 778 778 and by visiting our Boil Water Notice page.