Rural Tipperary community's 'temporary' boil water notice over after seven years

Rural Tipperary community's 'temporary' boil water notice over after seven years


A 'temporary' boil water notice has been lifted for the people of Skeheenarinky after over seven years.

This follows the completion of a new state-of-the-art water treatment plant Burncourt.

Local Fine Gael councillor Marie Murphy (pictured) has welcomed the news, pointing out that the problem even pre-dates seven years ago.

"The issue of the water supply on the Burncourt scheme at Glengarra was first raised in the Dail back in the 1960s.  Despite numerous pledges under Water Services Investment programmes during the boom, nothing was done", she stated.

The in 2009, because residents were not happy with the water supply, some had the water tested in private laboratories and the results were brought to the notice of the EPA and the HSE.  

A temporary notice was issued by South Tipperary County Council on the advice of the HSE on September 1, 2009, because e.coli had been detected in a very small area of the scheme.  

Three years later approval was given to proceed with new water treatment plants in both Burncourt and Fethard.

Cllr Murphy said that the general public, serviced by the Burncourt Regional Water Scheme, deserve thanks for their patience, and in particular she acknowledged the people of Skeheenarinky who have been on a boil water notice for the past 7 years and 2 months.  "Thankfully the inconvenience and costs associated with the boil water notice is now at an end", she added.