Investment in our water services is paying off for people in Mayo

-   Senator Michelle Mulherin

Fine Gael Mayo Senator, Michelle Mulherin, has said that investment in our water services is paying off for people in Mayo.


“The Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) recently published an update on the Remedial Action List showing where works are progressing in Co Mayo for the benefit of over 45,000 people whose water supplies are on the list.


“There has been much progress already, showing that investment in our water services is really paying off. People in Mayo are benefitting as a result, with cleaner healthier water supplies.


“For example, the Bonniconlon Water Supply, which was on the Remedial Action List for elevated levels of chemicals called THMs, has now been removed from the list.  Irish Water has confirmed that this supply has now been decommissioned and replaced with the Ballina-Lisglennon scheme with works to be completed in mid-2017.


“Irish Water is also continuing to work on the four schemes in Mayo which are on the Remedial Action List to ensure high quality reliable drinking water for over 45,000 people.


“Works on the the Ballina-Lisglennon water treatment plant are scheduled to be complete mid-2017, and  the three other Mayo water supplies on the list are undergoing specific work such as improvements to operations in Kiltimagh, upgrading of the treatment plant in Iniskturk and an upgrade of the Lough Mask water treatment plant to increase capacity.


“Nationally Irish Water has adopted a prioritised programme of works which will require an investment of €2 billion by 2021. Significant improvements are being achieved year on year by this approach, including in Co Mayo where there are no boil water notices in place.


“My Fine Gael colleagues are working hard on the Oireachtas Committee on water to ensure we find compromise and consensus as to how we continue to guarantee future investment in our water system.


“Already in Mayo we are seeing the importance of having a single utility, Irish Water, to maintain and improve our water supplies. It is vital for people in Mayo and all across the country that this single utility on water is maintained.”

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