Residents in west Roscommon got an early Christmas present from Irish Water today, with the news they are finally free to use the water from their taps without boiling it.
Almost 3,500 people in the Ballinlough area have been subject to a ‘boil water’ notice since January 2016 when cryptosporidium was detected in the supply.
Efforts were made to install an interim treatment plant, but that didn’t prove successful.
Work began at the end of April to build a pipeline to bring water from Lough Mask to the area and that has now been finished.
The pipeline is also due to provide a new supply to the Williamstown area on the Roscommon-Galway border and it’s hoped that will be completed in the coming months.
Castlerea councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says people in the Ballinlough area have had to contend with badly discoloured water as well as the health implications.