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Emergency Upgrade for Carraroe Water supply but Casla Regional Scheme to be scrapped – Ó Clochartaigh

13 November, 2014

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh met Senior Management from Irish Water in Leinster House yesterday and he received clarification in relation to the quality of the water supply in Carraroe and the Casla Regional Water Scheme.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh met with Irish Water CEO John Tierney, and Head of Asset Management, Jerry Grant along with other senior executives.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh stated:

“I quizzed Irish Water about the quality of the drinking water in Carraroe in light of recent media reports that it had failed the last five EPA tests due to an extremely high level of Trihalomethanes. The executives admitted that there is a very serious issue with the supply at present and announced that they plan to spend €400,000 immediately to do remedial works to upgrade the supply.

“In relation to the second phase of the Casla Regional Water Scheme, they said that they are not in favour of more stand-alone water sources and that they are looking at supplying demand in the region from existing sources in Connemara and Galway. They are examining this at present and said they will make a decision on this in the coming weeks.”

Senator Ó Clochartaigh conveyed his complete dissatisfaction with this position, stating that people in the region have been campaigning for over forty years for this scheme.

“Galway County Council have previously done reports and studies into the demand for such a scheme and I can’t see how that would have changed substantially since Irish Water came on board.

“I also sought clarification as to the status of the water supplies in Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr and was told that I would be forwarded information on that within days.”

Ó Clochartaigh asked the executives if they would gather all the relevant information on the issues he raised and arrange a meeting with Galway West Oireachtas members to discuss the consequences of their decisions. They said they would be happy to do that.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh concluded:

“Although I am relieved that it is intended that the upgrading of the water supply in Carraroe is done immediately, I am extremely unhappy with the plans to scrap the Casla Regional Water Scheme.”

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