Water 'safe to drink' for 11,000
More than 11,000 people have been told their water is once again safe to drink after a six-year wait for some.
Irish Water said several months of tests confirmed no threats of crippling stomach bugs from the c ryptosporidium parasite for people living in Killeglan and Castlerea, Co Roscommon.
The company said 22,700 people in the county should once again be able to drink straight from their taps by the end of the year.
Environment Minister Alan Kelly said correcting the problems with supplies in Roscommon would not have been possible without the creation of Irish Water.
"Irish Water was able to target and prioritise these vulnerable areas and bring to a close the sorry saga of boil water notices in quick fashion. I have no doubt that similar successes will be replicated throughout the country," he said.
Benny O'Connell of Benny's Deli in Castlerea spent about 1,000 euro on a filtration system in his shop last year in order to use tap water and he has no plans to take it out after years of warnings.
"The news won't have much impact on us, but I'm delighted," he said.
"In the short term we'll keep our own system. It was a substantial investment in the middle of a recession and it was money we could have done without spending."
As part of 26.8 million euro being spent on upgrading water treatment in Roscommon, 6,000 people in Boyle were given the all-clear from boil water notices after repair work finished last December and another 5,400 people in towns and villages in the north-east of the county will have a temporary fix in place by the end of the year.
A permanent fix for Strokestown, Elphin, Roosky and Termonbarry and nearby areas will be finished by 2017.
Plants supplying the 11,300 people homes and businesses in the Killeglan and Castlerea areas have passed a series of environmental inspection tests since March.
Irish Water said three other new water treatment plants at Lisbrock in south Roscommon, Ballinagard serving Roscommon town and Ballyfarnon serving Arigna will be supplying water in the coming months.