There's some good news for residents in south Sligo, as works on the long-awaited Lough Talt water treatment plant are on track to be completed by the end of this year.

Irish Water says the upgrade works will benefit some 13,000 people, who are currently affected by a Boil Water Notice - including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large rural hinterland.

The boil water notice also applies to consumers supplied by the Ogham group water scheme, and the areas of Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield in Co Mayo.

The boil water notice remains in place while work is ongoing to upgrade the plant.

The current Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate treatment for protection against cryptosporidium and the formation of THMs and needs to be upgraded.

Irish Water says customers supplied by the scheme may notice a difference in the taste and odour of their water due to the upgrade works currently taking place, but customers can consume the water once it's boiled.

As part of the upgrade works, Sligo County Council staff will be carrying out necessary scouring / flushing of the networks in certain areas, and customers may experience intermittent low pressure or possible outages over the coming weeks.

Irish Water says that, while the boil water notice is still in place,  the tap water is safe to use for personal hygiene such as handwashing, bathing and flushing of toilets.




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