Earlier this week Roscommon County Council granted planning permission to Irish Water to install a temporary treatment plant consisting of a pressure filtration system and an ultraviolet (UV) disinfection system.
“I have been pressing Irish Water over the last 16 months to source a temporary treatment plant to allow for the boil water notice to be lifted. Initially it was planned to relocate the existing mobile unit based in Roscommon Town to the Grange Lake source by May of 2015”.
“However, this mobile unit was deemed unsuitable to meet the requirements on the Grange Lake supply and I then proposed that the mobile water treatment plant lying idle in Limerick City should be relocated to the North East Regional Scheme.
“The people of this area have suffered for far too long and it has been deeply disappointing that Irish Water have been forced into action at every stage since the boil water notice was first placed on the Grange Lake source.”
“Had Irish Water acted earlier it would mean that the boil water notice placed on homes in the Strokestown, Elphin, Roosky, Kilmore and surrounding areas would have been lifted at this stage,” explained Denis Naughten.
“I’m glad that my persistence has paid off and that we will soon see action on the ground, but after the treatment unit is installed, approximately 12 weeks of testing must be completed before the HSE will formally lift the boil water notice,” concluded Denis Naughten.