Water being purchased in Killererin
Water is being purchased at £4. 10s per 500/600 gallon container – not in Africa – but in the parish of Killererin, Tuam, because of an acute water shortage in the area.
The two pumps in the village have , it is understood, been condemned for years but one is still in use even though it has been condemned.
Householdeers in the parish – over two hundred of them – have intimated their willingness to participate in a Group Water Supply Scheme and these include the Toghermore Training Centre and the Moyne Park Missionary College. The scheme would also include Barnaderg, Cahergal and Cloondahamper Naional schools. At the present time the schoolchildren in Barnaderg have to go to a well for a bucket of water because there is none to drink or wash.
A Group Water Scheme was prepared by a Galway engineer following a meeting of householders and the survey was sent to the Department of Local Government engineer for the area and the reply is awaited daily. The scheme will commence as soon as the necessary authorisation arrives. Householders had expected to receive a reply before the end of May because of the acute water shortage and the difficulties provided for farmers, householders and schools in not having an adequate supply in the area.
The question of the moment in the parish is how long more have the people to wait before getting the scheme under way. The scheme is of vital importance and those involved are determined that there will be no further delays.