Athy Cllr raises concerns about 'low water volumes' at River Barrow following meeting with Irish Water about water abstraction

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Athy Cllr raises concerns about 'low water volumes' at River Barrow following meeting with Irish Water about water abstraction
22:20 Saturday 23rd of June 2018

By Kim O'Leary

A local Cllr has raised serious concerns about Irish Water's proposed plans to hike up the abstraction of water from the River Barrow in Athy, Co Kildare.

Sinn Fein Cllr. Thomas Redmond met with Irish water management earlier this today  at 9 AM in Dundalk County Louth.

Councillor Redmond has said that was 'shocked' to find out that Irish water had major plans to hike up the abstraction of water from the river Barrow in Athy.

Cllr Redmond learned this morning from Irish water the plants are soon to be formally announced to do an environmental impact study as well as all the necessary arrangements to up the water supply for Dublin. Councillor Redmond urged Irish water to look in other areas as he is well aware of the environmental impact the abstraction has on the river.

Cllr Redmond also raised the point that many of the waste water treatment plants along the river Barrow Athy Kilberry and Kildangan 'are in dire need for major maintenance and upkeep'.

Councillor Redmond says these works should be completed before any more abstraction takes place at the river, and he has been made aware of 'very low water volumes' by local fisherman and concerns from these environmentalists on the damage done by too much abstraction.

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