Over 360 Irish Water customers in a north Mayo village are enjoying a better quality and more secure supply of drinking water following works to connect their local public water supply to the Ballina-Lisglennon one.
The project saw Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council and contractors Source Civil Ltd, install six kilometres of new interconnecting watermains from the existing Lacken reservoir to the Ballycastle public water supply.
The old Ballycastle water treatment plant has now been decommissioned and customers in this area are receiving their water from the Ballina-Lisglennon public water supply.
The completion of these essential works affords protection from any further cryptosporidium contamination thereby enabling the removal of the Ballycastle supply from the EPA’s remedial action list (RAL).
Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Irish Water’s Compliance Specialist said: “The EPA is satisfied that customers on this supply are now receiving fully compliant water.”
Project lead for Irish Water, Martin Temple, added: “These works will allow for further population growth and economic development in this area.
“We would like to thank customers who were impacted during these vital upgrade works for their patience and cooperation throughout.”
There is now only one Mayo water supply on the RAL – the Newport Public Water Supply which is listed on the at-risk register due to persistent exceedances for pesticides.
Irish Water is working with a number of agencies as part of the Newport Catchment Focus Group to pool resources and expertise in a coordinated effort to solve this persistent problem.
As part of this work a novel community-based project has been launched which will encourage homeowners to go pesticide-free in their gardens while farmers will be looking at the benefits of bee keeping in terms of protecting water zones.