Cllr Justin Warnock has described plans to connect the existing Killtyclogher Public Water Supply, which is sourced from an upland spring at Killea, as deeply worrying.
He had sought clarity on future plans for the Killea Water Reservoir noting the water was of excellent quality and asking that a proposal to bottle the water for sale be considered by the Council.
However a spokesperson for the Local Authority noted that the Kiltyclogher Public Water Supply Scheme is untreated and said that flows from the spring reduce after periods of dry weather and struggles to meet demand.
“To address these flow and quality issues it has been proposed that the Kiltyclogher supply be connected to the North Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme,” said the spokesperson.
“Irish Water is considering this proposal and is looking at options for the Kiltyclogher supply. It is intended that the ownership of the reservoir site and land at Killea will transfer from the Council to Irish Water and any business opportunity associated with this spring source would be a matter for them.”
Cllr Warnock said that tens of thousands of euros had been spent on this water supply and he was shocked to hear that it was being handed over to Irish Water if they weren’t going to use it.
“Why should they take over the provision of water here if they are not going to use this supply. It is crazy,” he said.
He was told that Irish Water could not use an untreated supply such as the one from Killea for public water consumption. It was noted that the costs of putting in place a treatment plant for this supply would be extremely high and connection to the North Leitrim Scheme was more economical.