Mayo Co Council has been instructed to request Irish Water to carry out a full review of water and sewage-related infrastructure in Ballina.
Ballina Municipal District councillors supported a notice of motion to this effect at their monthly meeting yesterday morning.
The motion was proposed by Cllr Mark Duffy in light of continuous disruptions to household and business water supplies in Ballina town in recent months due to repeated instances of pipe bursts.
He noted that the resulting excavations and repairs are counteracting all the good work that has been done to improve local roads.
Stating that the town’s water and sewage infrastructure is inadequate he called for a full review of the systems by Irish Water to inform a proposal for a permanent solution to the ongoing issues which, in addition to causing disruptions to commercial and residential consumers, are costing the taxpayers huge money.
Cllr Michael Loftus requested that the utilities company also be requested to make a presentation to Ballina Municipal District councillors in relation to its proposed upgrade of sludge processing facilities at the wastewater treatment plant in Belleek.
Mr Declan Turnbull, Mayo Co Council’s Ballina Municipal District manager, resolved to communicate the councillors’ requests to Irish Water in a letter.