Irish Water insist upgrade works at Lough Talt will be completed before 2020

Irish Water is insisting that works on upgrading the Lough Talt water treatment plant in south Sligo will be completed before the end of 2020.

That’s despite a local water quality campaigner saying much work needs to be done before actual upgrade work can start.

Earlier this week, local Sligo Fine Gael Councillor Martin Connolly said work on the upgrade will start next month — and will take 12 to 14 months to complete.

But a campaigner for improved water quality in the Lough Talt area, Kellie Cadman of the Lough Talt Water Warriors group, said there was a long way to go before people in the area would have clean water.

In response to a query from Ocean FM News, Irish Water says the Lough Talt works are due to be completed before the end of 2020, that hadn’t changed, and that works are progressing as planned.

It said it recently had a meeting with local Dail Deputy Eamon Scanlon, Cllr Dara Mulvey, former MEP Marian Harkin and two representatives from the Water Warriors group to update them on plans.

Irish Water also says it is treating this upgrade as a matter of priority and will work with its contractors to ensure the project is delivered on time, and with due regard for all environmental and public health concerns.

It says the long-term solution will be the provision of water from an alternative source — and this option is also being investigated in parallel to implementing the upgrade to the existing treatment plant.

Meanwhile, the Boil Water Notice remains in place.