The need for a new public water supply for the villages of Murrisk, Lecanvey and Kilsallagh and the town of Louisburg was discussed at a public meeting in Lecanvey last night.

Local residents and businesses are currently depending on water from Croagh Patrick streams, and the water is then treated locally for washing and other purposes, while many are buying bottled water for drinking.

Concerns emerged again recently after a child was hospitalised after drinking water sourced from the streams around Croagh Patrick.

Last night, the possibility of closing access to beaches on the southern shores of Clew Bay was discussed, alongside a previous threat by landowners to close access to Croagh Patrick.

A local campaign is calling for an extension of the Lough Mask public water supply from Westport to Louisburg, however, this is not currently in Irish Water’s capital investment plan.

While local residents say they’re not interested in a group water scheme, that is the only option currently on the table, according to Mayo County Council.

 

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