Updated: 06/03/18 : 07:13:21
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No end yet to Sligo boil water notice

The boil notice imposed by Irish Water on 13,000 Sligo residents remains in place.

The notice was issued on 5 February to south Sligo households and businesses serviced by Lough Talt following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant after a routine test.

The notice was extended on 21 February when Irish Water said a two-week testing and sampling programme has concluded with two more positive detections for the parasite found.

A further sampling test was scheduled to take place last Friday, 2 March but was cancelled due to the Red Alert snow and ice warning which closed services and severely restricted travel for engineers.

It is expected that further sampling will be carried out later this week.

A 2015 planning application lodged by Irish Water for a new treatment plant at Lough Talt was refused by Sligo County Council for reasons of protected habitat, understood to be a rare snail, at the lake.

Irish Water subsequently appealed that decision to An Bord Pleanála who also refused the application in April 2017. 

Several businesses in the region have blamed the boil notice for difficulties including a Ballymote hotel saying that it faces possible closure if the situation continues. See Related Articles above

Meanwhile Irish Water customers nationally are being asked to conserve water where possible.

The restrictions, mainly affecting the greater Dublin area, are because of reservoir levels dropping and demand increasing after Storm Emma.

People leaving taps running overnight to prevent pipes freezing have been blamed on the restrictions having to be implemented.

In Sligo, Irish Water is working with key stakeholders including the National Parks and Wildlife Service to progress a planning application under the ‘Imperative Reasons for Over-riding Public Interest (IROPI)’ mechanism. Irish Water hopes to be able to resubmit the revised planning application supported by the IROPI documentation in the next two months.

However, in the event that planning permission is successful Irish Water would not expect to begin construction on a site before early 2019 and would take until mid 2020 to have a fully functioning plant in place..