Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant
Works due to commence work on upgrades to the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant
The Lough Talt water treatment plant (WTP) currently does not provide adequate treatment and needs to be upgraded. The water supply is included on the EPA’s Remedial Action List (RAL) as the WTP does not provide sufficient protection against cryptosporidium nor does it adequately remove trihalomethane (THM).
The WTP supplies Tobercurry and Ballymote and surrounding communities including Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Curry, Lavagh, Ballinacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteige and Coolaney, Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield. These communities have been living with boil water notices, which are public health notices advising that the drinking water is not safe to drink unless it is boiled and cooled beforehand.
In May 2019, we were granted planning permission to upgrade the WTP. The planning permission includes a number of conditions to ensure the protection of the environment.
We are now working with Sligo County Council to upgrade the plant. Once complete, the new plant will provide safe drinking water for the next 10 years, and will allow the boil water notices to be lifted.
What are the benefits of this project?
- Clean, safe drinking water for approximately 13,000 people
- Removal of Lough Talt Water Regional Water Supply from the EPA’s Remedial Action List (RAL)
- Removal of boil water notices
What is involved as part of this project?
- New WTP building
- New containerised process units
- New water tanks
- New underground water mains along the R294
- New entrance onto the R294
- Landscaping and ancillary works
- Lough Talt, Co. Sligo