Residents of Fethard and Burncourt are celebrating this week after a long awaited €12.4 million water supply scheme has been given the green light.
Plauged by serious water supply and quality problems for decades, the two long suffering communities welcomed the announcement made by Environment Minister Phil Hogan on Monday.
The funding allows South Tipperary County Council to award the contract to provide Water Treatment Plants and ancillary works at Cloran, Fethard and Glengarra, Burncourt, which are critical elements of the Burncourt and Fethard Regional Water Supply scheme.
Forty households in Skeheenarinky have been issued with a four year boil water notice as a result of cryptosporidium being detected in the water supply and the need for a new plant in the area was raised in the Dail as long ago as the early sixties.
The announcement was welcomed by Ministers of State Tom Hayes and Alan Kelly who said it had been a long time coming.
Minister Hayes has asked Minister Hogan to exempt all of those currently on a boil water notice from water charges until such time as the problem has been rectified.