Local TD Denis Naughten has received confirmation from Irish Water that it expects to be in a position to lift the boil water notice on the Grange Lake source, which supplies water to the North East region, by September of this year.
“This will mean that the boil water notice placed on homes in the Strokestown, Elphin, Roosky, Kilmore and surrounding areas will be lifted 18 months earlier than originally expected,” explained Denis Naughten.
“I have been pressing Irish Water over the last 12 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 Grange Lake in 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 currently lying idle in Limerick City would be relocated to the North East Regional Scheme.
“The people of this area have suffered for far too long and should never have been expected to put up with this situation for over three years.
“I’m glad that my persistence has paid off and that we will soon see action on the ground.
“In order to lift the boil water notice, Irish Water must first be granted planning permission from Roscommon County Council and after the treatment unit is installed, 10-12 weeks of testing must be completed before the HSE will formally lift the boil water notice.
“I will be meeting with Irish Water on this issue later today, and I will be pressing them to move as quickly as possible to have the boil water notice lifted. Families have a right to clean safe water and this must now be put to the top of the Irish Water agenda,” concluded Denis Naughten.
See attached reply from Irish Water
Dear Deputy Naughten,
Thank you for attending the Irish Water Leinster House Clinic. Please see the information below in relation to the North East Roscommon plant.
A UV plant is being sourced as an interim solution to lift the Boil Water Notice in Q3, 2015. The plant will be upgraded in the long run with a proposed completion date of December 2016.
Please see attached the Update of Roscommon Regional Water Supply Schemes which was circulated in December 2014.