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NO SO­LU­TION IN SIGHT FOR THOU­SANDS OF HOMES

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - ES­THER HAY­DEN

THOU­SANDS of homes across North Wick­low are be­ing hit by wa­ter stop­pages, low pres­sure and in some cases no wa­ter at all, with no solid in­di­ca­tion yet as to when the prob­lems will end.

Michael Geaney, Se­nior En­gi­neer with Wick­low County Coun­cil, ex­plained at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing that the prob­lems are as a re­sult of sea­sonal im­pacts of al­gae at the Vartry Re­sevoir.

He said wa­ter in En­niskerry has been turned off ev­ery night since Satur­day, and on Mon­day night, wa­ter was turned off in Grey­stones from 8 p.m. un­til 6.30 a.m. on Tues­day. This prac­tice will con­tinue un­til the prob­lem is re­solved.

Mr. Geaney said the prob­lem with the al­gae arose last year too, ' but this year it's look­ing worse'.

Cllr. John Ryan said some people in the county have been with­out wa­ter for five or six days while oth­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing prob­lems with their pres­sure. He said the prob­lem in Wick­low was only re­solved last year when Dublin was hit with wa­ter short­ages.

Cllr. Chris Fox said the wa­ter short­ages come at a time when the coun­try's wa­ter sup­ply is be­ing taken over by Ir­ish Wa­ter and said cus­tomers hadn't been alerted to the prob­lems and only re­alised there was a prob­lem when the wa­ter had been cut off.

from front Cllr. John Brady said he was aware of people who were with­out wa­ter since last Thurs­day and said it's im­pact­ing hugely on homes and businesses in North Wick­low.

' This didn't hap­pen overnight', he said. ' Why weren't people no­ti­fied? I've been told that there's no im­pact on wa­ter lev­els in Dublin.'

Cllr. Pat Casey said the coun­cil had been told last year that the prob­lem oc­curred be­cause of the cold weather but said that's not the case at the mo­ment.

' This can't keep hap­pen­ing, if Dublin was af­fected this would be solved.'

The mem­bers were told that Ir­ish Wa­ter and Wick­low County Coun­cil are work­ing to­gether to re­solve the prob­lem but Mr. Geaney couldn't give any guar­an­tees as to when wa­ter would be re­stored. He said, how­ever, that he would en­deav­our ' to man­age the sit­u­a­tion' by Fri­day of last week.

Glen­cor­mac Lower res­i­dents col­lect­ing wa­ter at a pro­vided bowser. The res­i­dents have been with­out wa­ter since last Wed­nes­day, with no no­tice given from the coun­cil or wa­ter ser­vices.

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