Westmeath County Council must find a new source of water for the Royal Canal to protect Mullingar’s drinking water, an oral hearing has been told.

The council’s team outlined to An Bord Pleanála on Tuesday May 22 how, since the canal was opened in 1817, its water came from Lough Owel, which also provides drinking water for Mullingar and its environs.

As the closure of 26km of canal this spring because of low water levels showed, the lake can no longer support the domestic and canal supply……Mullingar Advertiser….25/05/12….read full article…