Mayo TD Dara Calleary has said that Irish Water need to put more investment into Ballina’s water system after another major pipe burst over the weekend, which left large parts of the town without water for two days.
Speaking on Midwest Radio yesterday, Deputy Calleary said that the Government and Minister Darragh O’Brien have committed €171 million towards Irish Water for 2022, and he wants some of that to go towards fixing the town’s decaying water structure.
The Ballina native and Cathaoirleach of Ballina MD Cllr Annie May Reape recently met with Irish Water’s regional management to request more funding towards the town.
“I have looked for a portion of that to be spent in Ballina for – upgrading the necessary pipe-work and ensuring that the kind of outages that are affecting businesses and homeowners stop happening. Irish Water are to come back to me with their investment plans for 2022 in early January.
“The recent weekend problem was in a section of pipe that hasn’t given any problems before but they did massive damage. There was two days were major parts of the town were out of water. Businesses were out of water just the week before Christmas.
“We need certainty around out water supply and we have had a constructive meeting with Irish Water and I will certainly be following it up in January.”