Minister says Lough Talt pollution ‘very difficult to resolve’

Extra tankers deployed in affected South Sligo area.

Water shortage in Leitrim threatening Food Hub employing upwards of 80.

Sligo News File

Martin Kenny TD

Minister for Local Government Eoghan Murphy has said issues surrounding the cryptosporidium contaminated Lough Talt Water Scheme in South Sligo “are very difficult to resolve in a short period of time.”

Replying to questions in the Dail, he said “extra tankers, both mobile and static have been deployed where they are needed “until we can get the problems corrected.”

Deputy Martin Kenny said that “the whole area near Lough Talt has been on a boil water notice for almost a month now. Some 13,000 people, in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and all across that area, have been on a boil water notice for over a month, but there is no sign of a solution to that problem.

Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Local Government.

“We need to put adequate funding and resources in place to ensure that someone, be it Irish Water, the local authorities or whoever, get out there and ensures that people are provided with water.

Deputy Kenny also raised the threat of job losses over water problems in Leitrim where, he said, there has been practically no supply “for the past four days” in the south of the county.

He said the headline in the Leitrim Observer this week states that there will be job losses in the Food Hub, where almost 80 are employed. “Many of those businesses cannot survive without water.

“This is really down to the fact that the facilities have been under-resourced. We do not have enough people on the ground. Leitrim County Council, like every other county council has been on a service contract with Irish Water. The same people are providing the service as before, but no extra money has been forthcoming to provide it.”

An improvement in the water supply to the Food Hub has been reported this evening.