Calls for Environment Minister to intervene after new boil notice

by Padraig Conlon
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A local representative has called on the Minister for the Environment to intervene following a second boil water notice for areas supplied by the Leixlip Water treatment plant.

This announcement on Monday 4th November followed a similar boil water notice last month which lasted for three days.

Residents in the Lucan area have been raising concerns about the water quality since the water supply was switched from Ballymore-Eustace to Leixlip in the past year.

Residents have been consistently posting photos of cloudy, muddy water samples on social media.

The water quality has led to the breakdown of household appliances and many residents have installed filtration mechanisms as a result.

Now People Before Profit representative Kellie Sweeney is calling on the Minister for Environment Richard Bruton to intervene and carry out an independent inspection of the water quality at the plant.

Irish Water has denied for months that there have been any issues with the water quality from the plant when contacted by local elected representatives.

“Local residents are extremely frustrated with the lack of action from Irish Water to resolve the water quality issues in the area,” Kellie Sweeney told Dublin Gazette.

“It’s not acceptable to have a body like Irish Water ignoring the complaints of residents who are seriously concerned about the safety of the water.

“We campaigned against the setting up of Irish Water and the huge amounts of money spent on installing water meter.

“The 2 billion euros spent on Irish Water, including meters, should have been spent on updating our water infrastructure.

“It’s time for the Minister for the Environment to step in and ensure that the water quality from the Leixlip plant is safe by carrying out an independent inspection of the plant.

“The Minister also need to provide additional funding to ensure adequate infrastructure for the Dublin region with a view to switching some areas back to the Ballymore-Eustace plant.”

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