Independent Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan is seeking Roscommon county Council to provide bottled water for reseidents without clean water.
Over 19,000 residents have issues with their water in the Boyle-Ardcarne, Arigna and Roscommon central water supply schemes. Deputy Flangan said families are spending over €500 a year on bottled water.
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said “I am told the Boyle-Ardcarne scheme will be finished by the end of this year and the Killeglan scheme will be finished early next year. These will resolve 64% of the problems in the area which is under a boil water notice.” He also stated, “I intend to ensure they (families affected) will get a cheaper amount of good-quality water through the local government system and Irish Water when charging comes into play in 2015. In the meantime we will make a submission to articulate the financial and water-quality issues here in the context of the charging mechanisms that will be brought in for the remainder of the people who, unfortunately, will not be able to get quality water for a little longer.”