Irish Water asked to confirm safety of supply in Limerick estate

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Kieran O'Neill, Richard Keane , Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, and Linda Ledger delivering clean water to Ballynanty residents last year
A CALL has been made on Irish Water and the HSE to confirm whether the water in Ballynanty Beg is safe to drink.

A CALL has been made on Irish Water and the HSE to confirm whether the water in Ballynanty Beg is safe to drink.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether the supply in the northside estate is safe to drink, following the end of work replacing lead pipes.

Since August, residents have been advised the water is not safe to drink due to an elevated level of lead. They were sent to standpipes.

In a bid to clear up the confusion, Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan lodged a notice of motion with the council seeking an intervention from Irish Water and the HSE, which was backed unanimously.

“People need to have some sort of public confirmation the water is safe to drink. Given that residents had confirmation not to drink their water, there should also be a simple letter to say the water is now safe to use - and thanks for your patience,” Cllr Quinlivan said.

Fine Gael councillor Michael Hourigan backed his comments, saying: “Irish Water have taken no responsibility on this, and they have a huge responsibility to the area. But one thing I would say is the new pipes will bring a new system to identify where leaks and holes are.”

This claim was rubbished by Cllr John Loftus of the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA).

His party colleague, Cllr Cian Prendiville said: “There is a need for huge urgency in dealing with these issues. We need to ensure the roads and footpaths are made safe and that private property which was damaged is also made safe as urgently as possible.”

Fianna Fail councillor Shane Clifford said he feels the only way to get action from Irish Water is to publicise issues through the media.

He referred to a front page story the Limerick Leader carried on a family in O’Brien’s Bridge and their struggle to get clean water.

Eugene Griffin, meetings administrator, said the contractor has completed works in the Ballynanty Beg area, with a programme of testing to be completed “at the earliest possible date”