Irish Water looking at options for Abbeyfeale

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Irish Water looking at options for Abbeyfeale

Cllr Liam Galvin says that a grant is needed to tackle erosion

IRISH Water has outlined a number of options to address the potential threat to the Abbeyfeale water supply as a result of the river Feale cutting a new channel which by-passes the water treatment plant.

Irish Water told  Mayor Liam Galvin this Wednesday  that the options were to dam the new channel; to move the intake to a better location or to open a new borehole near the river to augment or replace river abstraction.

“I have been given a guarantee this work will be done before the next dry spell,” Cllr Galvin said. And he welcomed the fact that Irish Water had guaranteed the town’s water supply. This, he argued, was another example of how Irish Water as a body was of benefit to County Limerick.

However, he added, he intends to continue raising the matter with the OPW which he believes has reneged on its responsibility regarding the serious land erosion along the Feale.

“If the state agencies fail to take responsibility, the new government must put a grant aid in place to help landowners carry out their own erosion protection measures,”  he said.