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€400,000 in funding approved to tackle infectious organism in Roscommon water

A temporary water treatment plant will now be built to address the problem until four regional supply schemes are put in place.

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MINISTER PHIL HOGAN has announced today that funding of €412,000 for a temporary water treatment plant in Roscommon has been approved to deal with the recent outbreak of cryptosporidium in the water supply.

In April, an outbreak of the infectious organism was found in the water supply and boil water notices have been issued in a number of areas in the county.

Today the minister said the approval of funds will address the problem pending the progress of four Roscommon regional water supply schemes with a total cost of over €15 million.

Tenders for these four schemes are due to be submitted to Roscommon County Council in early July this year and when received by the department, Hogan said they will be dealt with “as quickly as possible”.

He said this proposal will ensure that consumers in the area “have a high quality water supply that is compliant with drinking water standards and which will have the capacity to meet current and future needs”.

Last week, the Mayor of Roscommon Tom Crosby said that thousands of people were affected by the boil water notice.

Read: New boil water notice in Roscommon due to cryptosporidiosis outbreak>

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