A community, outside Kiltimagh, are living with a third world water supply and despite their best efforts for the past ten years to get the situation rectified the problem continues.
In total frustration, the community is taking to protest today, and will be outside Aras An Chontae in Castlebar for this afternoon’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council in an effort to get action from elected councillors and officials.
Every day 20 families in Cleragh and Lisduff, just outside Kiltimagh, go with buckets to a roadside well for water, and are forced to pay out a significant amount of money each week for bottled water to survive.
The campaign group were promised fresh, clean drinking water water from their taps this summer, but that hasn’t happened.
The monies for the upgrade works required to connect the residents to the local Kiltimagh water supply is all in place, but no work is yet underway to make the connection.
When asked about plans to connect the Cleragh/Lisduff community group to the Kiltimagh supply, Irish Water say that permission to connect these householders is not possible until an upgrade of the Kiltimagh water treatment plant is completed. The plant is currently operating at full capacity.
Thomas Carney is one of the local residents taking protest action today and he’s been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about the plight of the householders affected…