The Mayor of County Roscommon Cllr. Tom Crosby has been informed by Roscommon County Council that the current problems with the North East Water Scheme which supplies Strokestown, Elphin, Tulsk, Rooskey, Tarmonbarry and all their surrounding areas – where Roscommon County Council have notified all consumers in the areas to boil the water before use – is due to presence of Crypto Spidium in the source at Lisheen. That in turn is the result of ground contamination due to the continuous bad weather and record heavy rainfall throughout the spring and summer.
Cllr. Crosby, who is also a member of the Water Services Sub-Committee of the Council, has been a long-time campaigner to have a new water supply source and a proper filtration system for this public water scheme which supplies water to over seven thousand people throughout his own electoral area.
Cllr. Crosby has again recently been on to the Department to sanction the necessary funding for a proper Filtration System for the scheme which is estimated to cost over €9 million and the relocation and infrastructure works where the new scheme will be sourced at Grange Lough is estimated to cost another €3 million.
Cllr. Crosby in his representations to the Department has highlighted the continuous problems which the people of the entire area served by this scheme have endured over the years where this scheme has been shut down at different times and the regular notices to Boil the Water due to contamination, all because there is no comprehensive filtration system at source.
Cllr. Crosby states despite the very best efforts of the Engineers and Staff in the Water Services Section it is impossible due to the lack of investment to provide a trouble free supply which should be a basic right for the thousands of families who rely on this water supply daily.
Issue dated: 13 JULY 2012
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