South Tipperary Fine Gael T.D. Tom Hayes has confirmed the timeline for works to be carried out on the Mullinahone water scheme.
This announcement comes following discussions between Deputy Hayes and the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan T.D. The residents in the area have been dealing with a number of water issues over the last few years and are eagerly awaiting completion of the works soon to be carried out.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Hayes said, “I am happy with the details I have received from the Minister, which contain a number of specifics as to how and when the work will be carried out. Many people will be aware that the site investigation contract has been in progress since the beginning of the year. Following this it is expected that the tender process will begin in May, and a contractor is to be appointed this August.
“The approval of the Department of the Environment will be sought for the appointment of any selected contractor and the Council have also informed me that they expect to be in a position to sign a contract at the end of the year. In total over 17km of mains will be replaced over the course of the works. The tender process for the water treatment plant in Cloneen has in fact already commenced, and the closing date for that process is this Friday, March 16th.
“It has been nearly two years since I first raised the problems facing residents in the Mullinahone/Ballingarry area with the Department, and these improvements are long overdue. I welcome the extensive details outlined by the Minister, and I expect to see the timetable he has outlined to be implemented on time and in full” concluded Tom Hayes.