Friday, September 23, 2022

Cllr Jarlath Munnelly has welcomed the confirmation that the Downpatrick Head Group Water Scheme in Ballycastle is finally to be connected up to the mains water supply.

The Downpatrick Head GWS has been complete for some time but has remained unconnected to the public water mains due to a standoff over connection fees between Mayo Co Council and Irish Water. Cllr Munnelly has now confirmed that this matter has been resolved. Irish Water and the council are discussing with contractors for the connections to be completed soon.

“I have been informed by Irish Water that this matter is now resolved – the works on building this water scheme are complete for some time, but it hadn’t been connected to the mains. This was causing a lot of annoyance amongst people locally who were waiting years for a proper supply.”

Cllr Munnelly had been in contact with Irish Water and had raised the issue with his colleague in the Oireachtas.

“I’d like to thank Mayo Co Council and Irish Water for their work to resolve this issue. Also, all of my colleagues who lobbied and helped to get this matter resolved, and indeed who lobbied to get this water scheme delivered. This has been a priority for me, and it’s wonderful that this is now being sorted out – finally.”

In conclusion, Cllr Munnelly said that news was another important step in the upgrade of water service in the Ballycastle area. Just a few years ago, there was no public water scheme in the Downpatrick Head area, and Ballycastle was being supplied from a well that had been the subject of a cryptosporidium outbreak.

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