Local Fine Gael Councillor, Gerald Farrell, has called on Irish Water to provide funding to replace the water line running from the N63 junction up the Rathcline road from Lanesboro town, a two-mile stretch.
Cllr Farrell said the pipes have been continually bursting for many years , with up to fifty houses and the local Fermoyle national school affected. He said the problem is due to old clay pipes in need of replacing.
“On St Patrick’s weekend alone, there were five bursts. It has been going on for years now. There were plans to do something with it five or six years ago, but there was no funding at the time,” Cllr Farrell told the Leader.
He said it simply doesn’t make sense for Irish Water to be continually paying a private contractor to fix the bursts and suggested it would cost less in the long run to just replace the line.
Cllr Farrell said the burst pipes are also affecting the local roads, with leaks resulting in water coming up through the road. He then called on Irish Water to do what they did for Ballymahon town recently and completely replace the line.
Farrell said the issue has been raised with the Longford county council and a letter sent to Irish Water.