The residents of Kilreekil in East Galway have received an early Christmas present with news that their plans for a new water supply is to be incorporated into the new Loughrea regional water scheme which is at planning stage, Senator Lorraine Higgins confirmed this morning, Wednesday, December 14th.
”This has been an issue I have been pursuing with Environment Minister Deputy Phil Hogan for some time and I’m delighted to see that it has been added to the Loughrea Regional Water Supply Scheme which will ensure it’s approval by the Department.”
“I’m now calling on Galway County Council to expedite the matter as a matter of urgency so that the residents of Kilreekil can benefit from the proposed new regional water scheme.”
“It’s important to point out that the Loughrea water treatment plant is included in the Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012 as a scheme at planning stage.”
“In the annual review of the Programme in July 2011 the Kilreekil Trunk main was added to the programme.”
“Galway County Council was recently informed that the Design Review Report for the Loughrea Regional Water Supply Scheme could not be approved in its current format.”
“However, the provision of a water supply to Kilreekil wia a 5,000m pipe line running from the proposed Mountpleasant Reservoir via the Banogue Hill Reservoir and north east along the N6 to the extremity of the Group Water Scheme network is being approved.”
“The Council was requested to submit details to the department of the extent of the Group Water Scheme Network to serve Kilreekil together with details of the length and diameter of the proposed main trunk from Banogue Resevoir to the Kilreekil Group Water scheme.”
“It was also requested to submit Planning and Construction stage budget applications for the Loughrea Regional Water Supply Scheme-Phase 2, incorporating the extention to Kilreekil.”
“An update in the current status of the Group Water Scheme, including the estimated cost of construction of the proposed scheme will also have to be submitted by the Council and I’m calling on them to do so as a priority so that there are no unnecessary delays.”
“I will continue to review progress with the Minister and with Galway County Council in advancing this extremely important infrastructure project for the people of Kilreekil,” said Senator Higgins.