€11.2m to be spent on water services

�11.2 million will be spent on expanding the water supply scheme in Lanesboro and the Lough Forbes water treatment plant
Longford Co Council has finally been given the go-ahead to upgrade the regional water supply in the county, after many years in the pipeline.

Longford Co Council has finally been given the go-ahead to upgrade the regional water supply in the county, after many years in the pipeline.

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, announced on Monday that it had given the local authority approval, under the Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 and in conjunction with the Longford Central Regional Water Supply Scheme to extend the scheme in Lanesboro and expand the Lough Forbes Water Treatment Plant at a total cost of just over €11m.

Longford/Westmeath Fine Gael TD, Deputy James Bannon said that works were “necessary”. Cllr Mark Casey welcomed the “much-needed investment” for which he has been campaigning.

Labour TD, Deputy Willie Penrose added, “I am pleased that these projects have now gotten the go-ahead; the community in Lanesboro will be serviced with a good quality of water supply, which is a boost for the town”.

According to the Department, the extension to the Lanesboro scheme will include the construction of a pumping station at Knockahaw Reservoir along with approximately 2km of new rising main, 4.4km of new watermain and 6.8km of trunk main. Also involved is the rehabilitation of 4.2km of existing Asbestos Cement mains and upgrade of 4.5km of existing watermain.