Shannon Protection Alliance Meeting In Dromineer

Part of Tipperary's Lough Derg shore line.

The Shannon Protection Alliance will hold a public meeting next Thursday, April 28th at the Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer.

The purpose of this meeting is to raise awareness and if possible also establish another branch of its group which are currently opposed to controversial plans by Dublin City Council to extract massive volumes of water from the river Shannon.

This proposed water extraction scheme is an attempt to boost dwindling water supplies in Ireland’s capital. The proposed plan is to extract water from Lough Derg, the largest of 3 lakes on the Shannon River, at the rate of 350 million litres per day, via a reservoir and treatment plant to be situated near Portarlington.

The Shannon Protection Alliance, which was founded at a public meeting in Athlone on April 20th 2007, state that this water extraction equates to the amount of water which leaks from the present day Dublin piped water system.

This €470 million scheme, if put into effect, would see water pumped from Lough Derg to the Dublin region and to other commuter towns along its path.

However according to Shannon Protection Alliance chairman Mr Gerry Siney, the scheme is unnecessary and the highly controversial plan has not considered the needs of local communities living along the Shannon /Tipperary border and any implementation would immediately effect the future economic development and ecosystem of this mid-west region.

As many people as possible are invited to attend and make their views known at the meeting on Thursday next.



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