Un­der fire for han­dling of re­cent wa­ter scare

MAN­AGE­MENT PUB­LIC LEFT TO PANIC AS NO CLEAR DI­REC­TIONS GIVEN

Bray People - - Council Report -

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.

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