Wa­ter woes con­tinue

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

A DO not drink no­tice is en­ter­ing its third week in the Kil­te­gan area with res­i­dents and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity un­sure of when their sup­ply will re­turn to nor­mal.

The no­tice was en­forced over two weeks ago with Ir­ish Wa­ter and Wick­low County Coun­cil in­di­cat­ing an is­sue with el­e­vated ni­trate lev­els.

As the wa­ter is un­safe to drink or pre­pare food with, bot­tled wa­ter has been supplied to cus­tomers in the Kil­te­gan area.

Ac­cord­ing to Lisa Fo­ley of the Talk of the Town pub­lic house, run by the Fo­ley fam­ily, the no­tice has not caused great dis­rup­tion for them and they have been used the bot­tled wa­ter supplied.

‘We have been getting the wa­ter pro­vided and we col­lect it in the cen­tre of Kil­te­gan or the guy drops us in two litre bot­tles. We don’t serve food so it hasn’t re­ally trou­bled us,’ she said.

A sim­i­lar re­sponse came from lo­cal man Philip Han­bidge who sits on the vol­un­teer com­mit­tee at The Hub cof­fee shop.

‘It has been busi­ness as usual for us and it hasn’t re­ally dis­rupted the day to day op­er­a­tions. We would like to know when it will be lifted but over­all there has been a good sup­ply of bot­tled wa­ter.

Mean­while in Aughrim and An­nacurra in south Wick­low where there has been a boil-wa­ter no­tice in ef­fect, res­i­dents are con­sid­er­ably less sat­is­fied with Ir­ish Wa­ter and Wick­low County Coun­cil.

At a meet­ing of Ark­low Mu­nic­i­pal District, the elected mem­bers were told by mem­ber of Aughrim Ac­tive Re­tire­ment group that they were dis­ap­pointed with the level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion on the mat­ter, and that this had re­sulted in many peo­ple drink­ing the wa­ter as they did not know it was un­der a boil wa­ter no­tice.

Cllr Pat Kennedy said that Ir­ish Wa­ter is ‘very good at putting spin on a good story but not so good at cir­cu­lat­ing the bad news.’

A boil wa­ter no­tice is­sued for Ballingate near Carnew on April 30 also re­mains in place.

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