Scanlon welcomes transfer of public water scheme back to Lough Talt

Published on: 02 November 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has welcomed the decision to revert the water source for homes on the Charlestown/Curry border back to the Lough Talt water scheme.  Households had been experiencing serious problems with lime in their supply.

Deputy Scanlon explained, “I have been liaising with Irish Water over the last number of weeks following complaints from people living in the Charlestown and Curry area about the quality of their water.  Many were worried about the amount of lime, which in some instances, had turned the water white.  These families have been buying bottled water because they say they couldn’t drink the water from their taps, even after it was boiled.  In fact, the lime levels have destroyed kettles and other household appliances.

“I have been relaying these experiences to Irish Water and am pleased to confirm that the utility has now decided to revert the water supply back to the Lough Talt Water Supply for customers in Bellaghy and the surrounding town lands.

“The boil notice for Lough Talt has been lifted, however Irish Water has stated that if cryptosporidium is recorded and the boil water notice has to be reinstated, the supply will return to the Charlestown water supply in the interest of public health.

“This is a welcome measure, which I hope will ensure a better quality water service for the people living in this area”.

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