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Concern: Irish Water invited to address community in Limerick

Volunteers ready to distribute water at St Munchin's Community Centre; this continued through the weekend

Volunteers ready to distribute water at St Munchin's Community Centre; this continued through the weekend

  • by Nick Rabbitts
 

IRISH Water have been asked to attend a public meeting on Wednesday after thousands of people were warned not to drink their supply.

More than 2,000 people living in Ballynanty and Kileely have been advised by the HSE not to drink their water or use it for preparing food following the detection of high lead levels.

Now, the people of the northside have organised a public meeting at St Leilia’s Hall, Ballynanty, this Wednesday at 7pm.

Around 400 homes in Ballynanty, and a further 340 houses are affected.

The meeting has been arranged to discuss the health impact on residents, the schedule of works, and a ‘Good Neighbour’ scheme whereby residents can help one another get water from the standpipes which are in place across the two estates.

The Northside Family Resource Centre and St Munchin’s Community Enterprise Centre have both been distributing water to the more vulnerable in the community.

But Cllr Maurice Quinlivan says this cannot go on indefinitely.

Limerick City and County Council and Irish Water have both been invited to attend, as have local councillors.

Referring to Irish Water, Cllr Quinlivan said: “We hope they do turn up. And we are hoping it will not be a big argy-bargy: we hope people will be able to get answers if they ask questions. We want it to be a real open forum.”

Both community centres continued delivering water throughout the estates across the weekend, with Linda Ledger, St Munchin’s centre manager, saying that on Saturday they delivered enough water to ensure residents had enough to get through Sunday.

Irish Water for its part have said they will accelerate works to replace the old lead piping in Kileely and Ballynanty.

The meeting on Wednesday kicks off at 7pm in St Leila’s Hall.

If you require transport please contact the Northside Family Resource Centre on 061-326 623.

 

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