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Irish Water should use local knowledge when planning future works.

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That’s according to Stephen O’Sullivan of Bonane Community Council, who was speaking after Irish Water abandoned their plan for an alternative water supply for Kenmare.

He says the legal battle over the proposed plan, which cost hundreds of thousands of euro, could have been avoided had Kerry County Council and Irish Water consulted with locals.

The plan, which originated with Kerry County Council in 2004, involved taking water from the River Sheen.

The council had argued that there was pressure on the Kenmare Water Supply Scheme under which there was an existing daily water availability of 2,000 cubic metres, while long term needs had been assessed at 4,500 cubic metres a day.

However, locals argued the existing water source from Lough Eirk should be used with an improved water treatment plan and pipe network.

Mr O’Sullivan says Bonane Community Council are not against upgrades but there are lessons to be learned from the saga.