Council welcomes lifting of Lough Talt restrictions

Council welcomes lifting of Lough Talt restrictions Lough Talt Treatment Plant

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Councillor Dara Mulvey has welcomed the news that the ‘Boil Water’ notice on the Lough Talt Water Supply Scheme has been lifted.

‘This long awaited announcement by Irish Water and Sligo County Council is a huge relief to the households and businesses served by the Lough Talt Scheme. They have shown enormous patience and understanding in recent years, these restrictions had a severe impact on their daily lives, and to see them lifted in the lead in to the Christmas period provides a great lift to the whole community.

I would also like to acknowledge the work of the staff in the various agencies in bringing about this development, Irish Water, Sligo County Council and Health Service Executive.’

Chair of the Ballymote-Tubbercurry Municipal District Councillor Michael Clarke also welcomed the announcement

‘The Lough Talt Scheme has been discussed on numerous occasions at Municipal District and full Council meetings, current and former Councillors worked tirelessly to see progress on the scheme and this development is very good news.’

The Lough Talt Scheme serves the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Bunnanadden, Toorlestraune, Carrowneden, Kilmacteige, Cloonacool, Achonry, Coolaney as well as  Ogham and Moylough  group water schemes.

Background

The presence of Cryptosporidium was discovered as a result of routine water testing at Lough Talt in January 2018. The upgraded water treatment plant has the capacity to provide 8,000 meter cubes per day of enhanced water quality to some 12,500 customers and businesses throughout south Sligo and is fitted with a disinfection system that will provide a barrier to cryptosporidium.