North Sligo reservoir?

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

SINN Féin Coun­cil­lor Thomas Healy has sug­gested up­grad­ing the North Sligo Pub­lic Wa­ter Sup­ply or build­ing a new reservoir for the area to avoid fu­ture droughts.

It’s sup­plied by the Gort­naleck and Lyle streams and over 4,500 peo­ple de­pend on it.

Cllr Healy told the meet­ing that north Sligo was par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble to drought due to the na­ture of the wa­ter sup­ply there.

“Over a nine day pe­riod the wa­ter sup­ply at Ballintril­lick went from full avail­abil­ity to drought. This wa­ter sup­ply serves house­holds in Car­ney, Maugh­erow, Grange, Clif­foney, Mul­lagh­more and sur­round­ing town lands,” he said.

“This sup­ply was es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble to drought as it is di­rectly stream fed. I in­spected the site and found wa­ter down to a trickle with only the hold­ing tanks left full. I want to pay trib­ute to all the staff from Ir­ish wa­ter and the County Coun­cil who did Tro­jan work dur­ing this cri­sis, es­pe­cially in north Sligo. The three streams in the area, Gort­naleck, Lyle and Ard­na­glass were max­imised with hoard­ing and ex­tra pip­ing.”

“I think we need to have a se­ri­ous look at it,” he said at the meet­ing.

“Wa­ter re­stric­tions have been lifted, how­ever in the face of cli­mate change we need to pre­pare for fur­ther droughts in the fu­ture. We were nearly at the point of taps dry­ing up and wa­ter tankers be­ing utilised.

“Do we need more pip­ing or a pur­pose made reservoir for the area? We need to learn a les­son from last sum­mer and not be caught short again,” he said.

Cllr Thomas Healy called for an up­grade to the North Sligo Wa­ter Pub­lic Wa­ter Sup­ply (above).

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