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McHugh welcomes €1.1M water scheme for Fintown

By: Joe McHugh, March 15, 2017 In Featured,Finn Valley,Glenties & West Donegal & Islands

Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed a €1.1M investment in a new water scheme in Fintown, which is part of a €140M county-wide Irish Water improvement plan.

Minister of State McHugh visited Fintown to see the start of the works which will connect the Fintown water supply to the Glenties supply and ensure improved water quality to the Fintown area.

As part of the project Irish Water is replacing almost 5km of water mains in the Glenties, Fintown and Meenahalla areas as well as the construction of two booster pumping stations.

This supply is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL) for high levels of THMs and these works are being undertaken to remove any risk posed by THMs.

Breaking down the works, Irish Water will replace 1km of water mains in Fintown, 2.9km in Glenties and 800m in Meenahalla. The two booster pumping stations will be constructed at Shallogans and Straboy.

“Once again Irish Water is prioritising works and schemes in an area where it is needed,” said McHugh today.

“I was in Fintown last week to see progress on the scheme. Work is already underway.

“This will connect 450 homes in the area to a quality water supply and I want to thank Irish Water and their contractors for their work on this project and all the projects.

“Working with Donegal County Council, Irish Water will deliver improved infrastructure that will resolve the serious deficiencies that exist.

“Irish Water is investing €73M and covered by this investment will be works in Cashelard, Cresslough, Fintown, Glenties-Ardara, Greencastle, Owenteskna/Kilcar, Letterkenny, Milford, Pettigo, Portnoo-Narin and Rathmullan.

The Minister added: “A further €70 million is earmarked for addressing issues with County Donegal’s wastewater infrastructure. Included in this is an €18.4 million investment in the towns of Killybegs, Bundoran, Glencolumbcille and Convoy and as we know Killybegs and Bundoran are towns where untreated sewage is being discharged untreated into the sea.”

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