Eugene Murphy Athlone Boundary Review

Eugene Murphy calls for Ballinlough and North Roscommon water schemes to be fast-tracked

Eugene Murphy Athlone Boundary Review

Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy has called for works on the Ballinlough/Loughglynn, Grangemore and North Roscommon to be fast-tracked as a matter of urgency following the publication of the EPA Remedial Action List.

Commenting on the contents of the report Eugene Murphy said “The four plants which remain on the Remedial Action List are Ballinlough/Loughglynn, Grangemore, North East Regional WSS, and North Roscommon Regional WSS. The boil water notice was lifted on the North East Regional scheme in September and a temporary water treatment plant is now in place until such time as the permanent water treatment plant is commissioned and fully operational next year. However homeowners and business people in the Ballinlough/Loughglynn area are still suffering under a boil water notice with a very real threat of Cryptosporidium.”

He continued “This has been ongoing for some time and is a serious inconvenience – Irish Water has determined that the most appropriate solution is to extend the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme to Ballinlough and Williamstown. I am calling for this project to be fast-tracked to ensure it is delivered as quickly as possible and Ballinlough needs to be a priority,” said Deputy Murphy.

The Fianna Fáil TD expressed grave concern over the elevated THM chemical levels in the Grangemore WTW and North Roscommon WTW supplies.

“The presence of elevated THM Trihalomethanes chemicals in the Grangemore and North Roscommon schemes are of grave concern as these schemes supply water to 7,966 people. Irish Water is upgrading the North Roscommon Regional water supply scheme while the Grangemore scheme will be replaced by the Boyle/Ardcarne water supply in the medium term. I am calling for works on these schemes to be prioritised on the basis of these elevated THM levels and it is vital that that the disinfection system is being optimised at this plant,” said Eugene Murphy.