A new Boil Water Notice issued for Lough Talt supply

A new Boil Water Notice has been issued for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply Scheme in South Sligo and adjoining parts of Mayo.

It’s after cryptosporodium has again been found in the treatment plant at Lough Talt and two reported cases of illness in the community.

About 13,000 people are affected by the Boil Water Notice, including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large hinterland that takes in the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Lavagh, Ballinacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmactigue and Coolaney.

It also includes people supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme, as well as the areas of Cloontia, Doocastle, and Quarryfield.

Water must be boiled if it is to be used drinking, for the preparation of salads, and foods not cooked before eating, the brushing of teeth and the making of ice.

A previous Boil Water Notice was issued in February 2018 and lifted last October.

Local Independent Councillor Margaret Gormley says the latest notice about a new Boil Water Notice is deeply disappointing.

And she says the sooner planning permission for a new treatment plant at Lough Talt can be granted, the better.

Anthony Skeffington, regional operations manager with Irish Water, says it’s unclear at present how long the Boil Water Notice will be in effect.

Vice Chairman of Sligo County Council, Cllr Paul Taylor from Gurteen, says people are angered that the Boil Water Notice is in force again.