Update on upgrade of Roscommon water supplies

In Blog by Denis Naughten

Attached is the latest (revised again!) dates from Irish Water on upgrading of water schemes in County Roscommon. Roscommon RWSS Project Status December 2014

On the boil water issue Irish Water now expect that the boil water notices to be lifted on all schemes by the end of March 2015 except for South Roscommon which is now facing a further 2 month delay until May 2015 and the North East Roscommon Scheme where they will have to wait until March 2017, yes 2017!

On foot of highlighting the disgraceful situation, in the Dáil (see debate here http://youtu.be/F0pfjoHyAHI), where people on the North East Roscommon Regional Water Supply will have to wait until March 2017 before they can drink the water from their taps, Irish Water have now communicated with me stating that they are now looking to fast track this project to have the boil water notice lifted in 2016.

At the time that the notice was placed on the North East Regional Water Scheme, I was told by Irish Water that they were looking to relocate the current mobile treatment plant that is on the Roscommon Town supply (Ballinagard springs) as soon as that supply was upgraded in May 2015.

For technical reasons they are not now planning to use that mobile treatment plant, and as a result the planned date for the removal of the boil water notice has, at present, been pushed back to March 2017.

North East Regional Water Scheme serves the Towns of Strokestown, Elphin, Kilmore, Tulsk, Rooskey/Kilglass, Tarmonbarry, Scramogue together with all their hinterlands & a number of private group water schemes. In total it supplies a population of about 5,400 people.

This is just not good enough.

As I have proposed in the past, Irish Water need to install a temporary treatment plant on the North East Regional Supply, similar to what was done in Roscommon Town within 12 weeks.

And in the interim no one should receive any bill from Irish Water, full stop!