Co Sligo’s long-awaited Lough Talt water treatment plant upgrade is on track for completion by the end of 2020, according to Irish Water.
The utilities company today said that the completed works will benefit approximately 13,000 people but stressed the need for consumers in the locality to continue to observe the Boil Water Notice that remains on the scheme in the interim.
The ongoing upgrades will address deficiencies at the current Lough Talt water treatment plant which does not provide adequate treatment for protection against cryptosporidium and the formation of trihalomethanes (THMs).
Cryptosporidium can lead to severe illness if the public do not boil their water before consumption.
Customers supplied by this scheme may also notice a difference in the taste and odour of their water due to the upgrade works that are currently taking place, Irish Water has advised.
Improvements are being made to the disinfection process at the plant to ensure the elimination of the risk posed by cryptosporidium and THMs and Irish Water would like to assure customers that their water can be consumed once boiled.
More information is available at https://www.water.ie/water-
Customers are also advised that Sligo Co Council’s water services will be carrying out necessary scouring/flushing of the networks in certain areas across the Lough Talt scheme as part of the upgrade which may result in intermittent low pressure/possible outages over the coming weeks.
Approximately 13,000 people are affected by the Boil Water Notice including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteige and Coolaney.
The boil water notice also includes consumers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme and Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield in Co Mayo.
The boil water notice is no longer in effect in the Bellaghy area following a connection which allowed this area to be supplied from the Charlestown public water supply.
Updates are available on the Water Supply Updates section on our website, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.
Further information on Boil Water Notices can be found on our website https://www.water.ie/water-