Water supply issue must be tackled

Carrick-on-Suir Labour senator Denis Landy said that a common sense response is required from Irish Water to ensure a continuous supply of good quality water to all citizens across the country.

Carrick-on-Suir Labour senator Denis Landy said that a common sense response is required from Irish Water to ensure a continuous supply of good quality water to all citizens across the country.

Speaking recently at the Environment Oireachtas Committee hearing, Senator Landy made a number of key points concerning both quality and supply of water across the country.

He pointed out that 41% of water was being lost through leaks, continuous boil notices were in place in several counties and that while counties along the Shannon were suffering flooding, large parts of Leinster and Dublin city were without water on a regular basis.

He requested John Tierney, Irish Water CEO, to progress the Garryhinch Reservoir Project at Portarlington and to at least tackle as quickly as possible the supply issue for residents in Leinster and Dublin. This would prevent a repeat of the ludicrous situation that occurred in Autumn 2013 whereby our capital city ran out of water for a number of weeks at the height of the tourist season.

“I believe that the Garryhinch Reservoir Project should be prioritised by Water Ireland for a number of reasons, it will reduce the flood levels in the Shannon basin, it will provide a continuous supply of water to the East of the country, it will create up to 1,000 jobs in the construction phase and a further 200 long term jobs on completion. These are the types of initiatives that both Irish Water and Government need to pursue in order to boost the economic recovery that we all want to see happening,” he said.