Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have officially opened the North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant following a €9.5m investment which they say will ensure a clean, secure water supply for the local community.
Over 7,500 people in Strokestown and the surrounding areas will benefit from a safer and more reliable water supply as a result of this investment.
Senator Maura Hopkins and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Ivan Connaughton performed the official opening at the plant at Grange.
Also present were Deputies Michael Fitzmaurice and Eugene Murphy, county councillors, representatives of Roscommon County Council and Irish Water, and other guests.
The completed project provides comprehensive treatment facilities including a cryptosporidium barrier and has led to the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), a list which highlights at risk schemes.
Following an investment of over €40m by Irish Water, working in partnership with Roscommon County Council, there have been six new treatment plants constructed in County Roscommon including Killeglan, Lisbrock, Boyle/Ardcarne, Roscommon Central and Arigna and this one in North East Roscommon.
There have also been two major upgrades in Castlerea and North Roscommon. Ballinlough now receives its water supply from Lough Mask and a project to improve the quality of water for people living in Grangemore is currently underway.
Speaking at the official opening, Senator Maura Hopkins said: “I am pleased to be here at the North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant for the official opening of this vital piece of water infrastructure.
“Providing a secure supply of clean, safe drinking water for local residents and visitors to the area is essential to the quality of life and development potential of the area. This investment in water infrastructure brings very significant benefits to this community now and into the future.
“This is one of six new treatment plants in Roscommon and it clearly highlights Irish Water’s, and the government’s, commitment to the people of Roscommon and the West of Ireland”.
Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr. Ivan Connaghton, said: “I welcome this investment by Irish Water in North East Roscommon which will ensure that area has a safe, secure and reliable water supply. The completion of this project has facilitated the removal of the North East Roscommon supply from the EPA’s RAL and gives assurances to local people and visitors alike that the drinking water here is of the highest quality”.
Deputy Eugene Murphy issued a press release, in which he said: “It is great to finally see the results of this project which is extremely important to the North Roscommon Water Supply area which serves a population of approximately 7,726 water customers.
“I was delighted to attend the official opening as the local TD for the area. This is an issue which I have worked on during my time as a county councillor and more recently since I was elected as a TD, so I am delighted to finally see this project come to fruition. This is a good news story for the Strokestown area”.