Fine Gael Ballinamore Area councillor, John McCartin has welcomed the allocation by the department of environment of over €300,000 to provide upgrades for sewerage management in Ballinamore.
The funding will be used to carry out improvements to ensure that sewage and storm water do not overwhelm the current infrastructure at the canal basin at Kiltymoden. The current is system is prone to overflow from storming water during heavy rainfall and the new upgraded works will pump the overflow from the weir at the basin to the towns current treatment facility.
Cllr McCartin said that “the monies are available in this year and works are likely to commence this year.” He also told the Leitrim Observer that the works are not only welcome but necessary, both from an environmental view point and for the image of the town.
“The canal is one of Co Leitrim’s most valuable assets and as the most effective means of conveying valuable tourism business to the Ballinamore area. It is essential that the canal be maintained as a clean and healthy place for locals and visitors travel on, play in, and live and eat beside,” he said.
Cllr McCartin also made the observation that “as councils gear up to monitor how ordinary rural citizens handle their sewage, it is imperative that we make sure that our civic authorities manage the municipal systems in a efficient and effective manner”.