End in sight for East Galway group water scheme after 30 year battle

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A major step forward has been made for the people of Kilrickle in securing a steady water supply as tenders are almost ready to go out.

Tenders for installing the East Galway village’s group water scheme will be issued next month to invite contractors.

Galway East TD Sean Canney confirmed that the tender documents are almost ready to go out, with just some small finalisations to be made.

This development comes after a recent meeting between Kilrickle Group Water Scheme, Cappataggle Group Water Scheme, Galway County Council, and the design team.

Kilrickle has been without a reliable public water supply of its for more than three decades, with homes in the area relying on wells and rainwater tanks.

Earlier this year the Cappataggle Group Water Scheme agreed to provide a water supply for Kilrickle while it was going without.

Deputy Canney said: “This is a very important milestone in the progression of this project and when completed will provide a top quality water supply to the people who have waited for so many years to obtain a water supply.”

“The scheme will include bringing a water supply to all of the homes and farms in Kilrickle who do not have a water supply at present. The design will also include a supply to the Kilcooley area including Kilcooley National School.”

After the tender process, a contractor will be appointed to carry out the works.

Roughly 200 in the East Galway village need a water connection.

Funding for the project is being provided the Department of Housing and Local Government.