Minister Hogan urged to ensure long awaited water schemes proceed without delay

The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has been urged to give the green light to the long awaited Burncourt/Fethard water scheme.

The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has been urged to give the green light to the long awaited Burncourt/Fethard water scheme.

Tenders for the scheme closed earlier this month and are now with consultants for appraisal before a report goes to the Department of the Environment for aproval. The Burncourt & Fethard Regional Water Supply Schemes are being funded under the Department’s Water Services Investment Programme at a current estimated cost of j16.7 m.

Part of Skeheenarinky has been under a boil water notice at the instigation of the HSE since 2009. Forty three houses of those houses are still on the boil water notice that came into effect nearly four years ago.

The proposed works in Burncourt & Fethard will include the construction of new water treatment plants, new service reservoirs, the development of existing and new water sources and ancillary services. The Council are also proposing some improvements to the water distribution networks in these areas.

“While it is good news to see that the project is finally moving forward, as the quality of drinking water in the area has been raised in the Dail by various Oireachtas members over the past 50 years, Skeheenarinky people on Boil Notices and indeed, the people of the wider Cahir area will be hoping that there are no more delays to this project” said Cllr.Marie Murphy