Sligo’s Busy Rural Water Programme
The current programme of works being delivered under Sligo County Council’s Rural Water programme will see twelve Private Group schemes throughout the county benefiting from the construction of new treatment plants, which will deliver a quality water supply that meets EU standards.
When Sligo County Council embarked on its Rural Water Programme in 1997, it received an allocation of £101,300 for that year. In 2005 this figure had grown to €7 million, which reflects great credit on the people who work tirelessly on this programme. The success of Sligo’s Rural Water programme is founded on active partnership among all concerned – Group Scheme Committees, National Federation, Department of the Environment, and of course Sligo County Council.
Cathaoirleach Councillor Barry sees the Rural Water Programme as one of the Council’s major ‘success stories’ in recent times: ‘I think the significant levels of funding received by the Department is due acknowledgement for the excellent work being carried out by Sligo County Council and the various Group Scheme Committees on the ground. There is an excellent working relationship between the Council and the local communities; we are all working towards a common objective, the delivery of a good quality water supply that meets the required EU standards.’
1800 houses to benefit
Two ‘bundles’ of contracts were signed in County Hall in late 2005, with the work to be carried out by Treatment Services Ltd., Kilkenny.
The Schemes included in the ‘Northwest Group’ are:
The schemes included in the South East Group are:
When the current programme of work is completed in summer 2006, a quality water supply will be delivered to approximately 1,800 households throughout the county.
Public Sewerage Schemes
Sligo County Council has completed new sewerage schemes under the rural water programme at Ballisodare, Cloonacool and Aclare. These works were completed as Design and Build contracts and were awarded following a competitive tender process. Construction completed on Wastewater Treatment Works (WTW) in Dromore West. This was financed in-house by the County Council and the capital costs recovered from developers who avail of the service.