Under fire for handling of recent water scare
MANAGEMENT PUBLIC LEFT TO PANIC AS NO CLEAR DIRECTIONS GIVEN
COUNCIL MANAGEMENT came under fire by from Council members last week for their handling of the boil notice on the water supply last month.
Councillor John McManus expressed his anger that such a problem should occur in the water supply of a modern town such as Bray.
‘My view is that this shouldn’t have happened at all. On reading the report it seems that we have perfectly good water pumped into our reservoir and it was contaminated there. This is not acceptable,’ said Cllr McManus.
Cllr McManus went to request that a report on the quality of standards be taken.
Councillor Michael Lawlor criticised the Town Council’s approach to informing the public and the lack of information given.
‘I had one man ring me who had his grandchildren staying with him and he was eager to know what the problem was as one of the children is susceptible to certain things but when he rang the Town Council they were very reluctant to tell and this causes panic in people,’ said Cllr Lawlor.
The members agreed that communication needed to be looked at and improved upon if a situation like this occurs again and many suggestions were given to the table.
‘I think that we need to look at ways of informing the public quicker in the future because I have had many residents say that they weren’t aware of the boil notice and didn’t even know that it had been taken off,’ commented Councillor Caroline Burrell. ‘We could put large signs at the entrances to the town stating the affected areas or ask residents to give their mobile numbers to the Town Council so they could be sent a text in future,’ suggested Cllr Burrell.
A sign at the Martello on the seafront warning staff not to serve tap water to customers during the water scare.