Efforts to preserve a rare snail species appear to have taken priority over the rights of 13,000 people having a safe water supply from the Lough Talt, in county Sligo.
That’s the view of local Independent cllr Margaret Gormley.
The householders in South and West Sligo, and parts of East Mayo served by the supply have had a boil water notice imposed , as a result of the discovery of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the Lough Talt plant.
The boil water notice is in place in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the villages of Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney as well as Cloontia/ Doocastle and Quarryfield in Mayo.
Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to it.
Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.
Irish Water says it recognised in 2014 that the Lough Talt supply needed more advanced treatment to meet the risk of Cryptosporidium contamination and compliance with THM levels.
However, Sligo County Council and An Bord Pleanala have both refused permission for reasons of protected habitat.