Row at boil­ing point

Au­gust 2002

Bray People - - NEWS -

BOIL­ING no­tices for wa­ter in the Ti­na­hely, Carnew and Shil­le­lagh ar­eas may have been lifted, but res­i­dents’ tem­pers have not cooled.

They have reached boil­ing point over the way they claim they were treated by the coun­cil. They be­lieve they are be­ing fobbed off by Wick­low County Coun­cil over the source of the pol­lu­tion and claim that many res­i­dents were not prop­erly in­formed that the wa­ter was un­safe to drink. How­ever, the coun­cil has con­firmed their ini­tial the­ory that the pol­lu­tion was the re­sult of an agri­cul­tural in­ci­dent.

The wa­ter was re­stored to up to 3,000 peo­ple in the ru­ral vil­lages in South Wick­low who were left with­out their nor­mal wa­ter sup­ply for over a week when the Derry River, feed­ing the Cool­russ treat­ment plant and stor­age tanks was found to be pol­luted.

Ti­na­hely res­i­dent, Dick Bar­ton, has com­plained that many peo­ple were not is­sued with the boil­ing no­tices un­til the wa­ter had be­gin to smell.

He main­tains that the res­i­dents should have been in­formed of the pol­lu­tion on Au­gust 21, when the wa­ter was first con­tam­i­nated. How­ever, he did not re­ceive a boil­ing no­tice un­til the fol­low­ing Thurs­day at 5 p.m.

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices with Wick­low County Coun­cil, Michael Nicholson con­firmed that the coun­cil had iden­ti­fied the source of the wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion which af­fected the South Wick­low area last week.

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