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Written Answers. - Westport (Mayo) Water Supply.

Wednesday, 8 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 1

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 110. Mr. Hughes Information on Séamus Hughes Zoom on Séamus Hughes  asked the Minister for the Environment Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  the approvals his Department has sanctioned in respect of the augmentation of the existing water supply to Westport town, County Mayo; the other approvals, if any, that have to be obtained from his Department, prior to summer, 1997 before actual work commences in providing extra water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9097/96]

 111. Mr. Hughes Information on Séamus Hughes Zoom on Séamus Hughes  asked the Minister for the Environment Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  whether his Department will approve expenditure to provide additional reservoir capacity for Westport town, County Mayo in view of the fact that the existing reservoir is inadequate, particularly in times of breakdown or disruption; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9098/96]

 113. Mr. Hughes Information on Séamus Hughes Zoom on Séamus Hughes  asked the Minister for the Environment Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  if he will furnish Deputy Seamus Hughes with the extract contained in a report promised in a reply to a parliamentary question on 23 April 1996 as a matter of urgency. [9168/96]

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin I propose to take Questions Nos. 110, 111 and 113 together.

I have approved Mayo County Council's proposal to construct a large diameter watermain and associated pumping stations and break pressure tank at an estimated cost of £2.25 million. The council is, at present, drawing up detailed contract documents in respect of these works; these documents must, in turn, be submitted for my Department's approval. Thereafter, it will be necessary to seek my Department's approval in respect of the council's proposals for the carrying out of the works whether by way of contract or direct labour. Submissions from the council for these necessary approvals will be dealt with urgently.

On completion of the Castlebar-Westport link, and the proposed break pressure tank at Sheeaune, the resultant dual supply will obviate the need for a substantial increase in water storage capacity at this stage.

[143] The extract from the report referred to has been forwarded to the Deputy.


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