Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty has today (Thursday) welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that the water mains on the Lough Mourne Water Supply Scheme which serves Castlefinn is to be replaced and upgraded.
Commenting on the plans, which will see the upgrading of the existing network and the subsequent replacement of approximately 19km of old piping, Cllr Doherty said that the announcement was to be welcomed and said that he is hopeful that the work will address local water quality issues.
Cllr Doherty said:
“I very much welcome this confirmation which I’ve received today from Irish Water that the utility has now approved these essential works to the Lough Mourne Water Supply Scheme serving Castlefinn.
“Homes and businesses in Castelfinn and the surrounding area have experienced on-going water quality issues for some time now, while disruptions to the supply have also been a major inconvenience for both local residents and business owners in recent months.
“Following numerous complaints and representations made by me to Irish Water on behalf of constituents concerning the area’s water supply issues, I am delighted to finally have today received correspondence from the company stating that it has approved plans to replace the current water mains and replace 19km of problematic piping, most of which runs directly upstream of Castlefinn itself.
“I’ve been informed that these plans are currently at design stage, and that construction is expected to begin either during the second or third quarter of 2017.
“Naturally, this news is good news for the local community here in Castlefinn and I have been assured that in the meantime, while we wait for these works to be carried out, Operation and Maintenance personnel from Donegal County Council will continue to regularly flush the system to minimise the extent of water quality issues as they may arise.”