The quality of the water in Loch Carra, located close to Carnacon, the source of the water supply to 2000 homes in Mayo, continues to cause concern to local Fianna Fail councillor Al McDonnell.
Al is the Cathaoirleach of Mayo county council. He says while some investigative work has been undertaken at his request on the lake by Mayo county council and the EPA, he insists enough is not being done.
He accepts that at the present time the water quality in Lough Carra that is being supplied to homes meets all the acceptable standards, but he says the ecology of the lake has changed dramatically over the past 5 years, and the annual mayfly is almost extinct.
The status of the water in Lough Cara is now deemed “UNDER REVIEW” by the relevant authorities. Lough Cara flows into Lough Mask and Lough Mask supplies water to a large part of county Mayo and is being extended out to parts of both Galway and Roscommon shortly.
The Cathaoirleach raised the matter again at this week’s monthly meeting of Mayo county council held in Carnacon.
Afterwards he told Midwest News he will continue to raise the need for further exploration and testing of the lake's bed.