Saturday, October 15, 2022

Some residents in the Lahardane area are bitterly disappointed to be still waiting for a connection to a public water scheme, writes Trevor Quinn.

There are five houses and six farmers who have waited years to be connected to a public water scheme despite having enquired several times about joining the scheme during the past two years.

The group submitted a list signed by local residents and farmers in early 2020 and this paperwork is with the local Nephin Group Water Scheme.

Mayo County Council has applied for a grant from the Department of the Environment, which would cover the majority of the cost of connecting additional houses.

Local farmer Thomas Dyra said he and other locals are very eager to be connected.

“Some of us are disappointed because it looks like there could be another year gone before we get water.

“I and others have to be drawing water and my neighbour James Gibbons has to be drawing tanks of water in the dry weather.”

Mr Dyra said he was told by Nephin Valley Group Water Scheme that about €60,000 would cover the three-quarters of a mile-long stretch.

Castlebar-based Independent Cllr Michael Kilcoyne has blamed a slow application process for the lengthy backlog.

“It’s disgraceful the way they are being treated and it’s the responsibility of Irish Water.

“The right to take over the scheme was taken away from Mayo County Council by the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny when he set up Irish Water,” added the councillor.

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