The contract for the work was won by local civil engineering contractors, Peter Winters Plant Hire Limited and will cater for a population in excess of 150 along an eight km stretch of mains. It will involve 92 connections including domestic and non-domestic and agricultural connections.

The upgrade was first mooted about three years ago when deficiencies in the existing scheme were identified. The supply source remains the same. Included in the works is a new resevoir and treatment facility. Planning of the scheme was undertaken by RPS.

Welcoming the appointment of a local contractor Tony Corduff, Chairman of the Rossport Group Water Scheme Co-operative Society said he was pleased that a local contractor, Winter Plant Hire Ltd, had been appointed to carry out the upgrade works.

“The Co-operative had been unsuccessful in its application to Mayo County Council for funding and we are pleased that Shell has come up with the necessary funding. We look forward to the works being completed this year and hopefully there will be no further leaks or disruption in the water supply to our community,” said Tony.