Details of a €10 million euro investment, which will see the extension of the Lough Mask Water Supply Scheme in Mayo to Ballinlough and Williamstown, are being announced today.
It’s the first time a major water supply will be allocated to three counties.
The Ballinlough scheme in Roscommon and the Williamstown scheme in Galway are both on the EPA’s Remedial Action List, and the Ballinlough scheme has also been on a ‘boil water’ notice since January 2016.
Irish Water says the extension of the Lough Mask supply to these two areas will ensure a clean and secure supply of water for the 5,000 consumers on the two supplies, as well as allowing for the removal of the Ballinlough consumers from the boil water notice.
BSG Civil Engineering has been appointed to carry out the works, which will begin in the coming weeks.
The contract was signed on Friday and it’s expected the project should be finished within a year.
The works will include the construction of over 22 kilometres of new water mains, a new water pumping station at the Ballyhaunis reservoir, and the construction of a new reservoir and control building at the site of the existing Granlahan water tower near Ballinlough.
The existing Ballinlough and Williamstown water treatment plants will be decommissioned as a result of this programme of works.