Irish Water has confirmed that it is withdrawing its current plan to extract water from Lough Ree.
Locals in the wider Athlone and Glasson area had raised concerns about plans to extract up to nine million gallons of water everyday from the lake to serve the Athlone area environs.
Planning for the venture had been lodged initially in December 2017.
This afternoon Irish Water has confirmed it is withdrawing its current design for the project after an assessment of the area and it will resubmit plans with a new alternative design.
The following statement has been issued to Shannonside FM this afternoon:
Irish Water submitted a planning application to Westmeath County Council in December 2017 for the Killinure Lough Water Supply Scheme.
This scheme is needed to ensure a safe and resilient water supply in Athlone.
Since the submission of the planning application, Irish Water has carried out a number of additional environmental and technical surveys. The findings of the surveys have now resulted in a number of design changes to the scheme.
Irish Water has withdrawn the planning application in order to accommodate these design changes, primarily the realignment of the pipeline route. Irish Water will be submitting a revised planning application to incorporate these changes in the coming months.
The revised application for the scheme will still have the capacity to treat and supply the current and future water supply demands of Athlone. Interested parties will have the opportunity to view full details of the revised application once it has been submitted to Westmeath County Council.