Irish Water Urged To Scrap Meter Plan For Pipe Replacements

Sinn Féin has called on Irish Water to use the money intended to install water meters in Galway to replace lead pipes and "other faulty infrastructure".

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh said: "It is outrageous that many houses in Galway which have contaminated water due to lead piping will have water meters installed without these pipes being replaced.

"Irish Water and Galway City Council need to step up and indicate where residents might be at risk. Sinn Féin have had complaints from many areas and are getting independent tests done to assess the level of danger in some areas. But Irish Water should be the ones providing customers with locations where their water supply could be at risk from lead contamination.

"Irish Water is refusing to step up and perform tests in all areas, leaving residents to investigate the matter themselves. The financial burden shouldn’t fall on households to upgrade the pipes within their homes. This is unacceptable. In many cases it is the local authorities who were responsible for water supply that installed them and residents had no input into the type of piping being installed."

Senator Ó Clochartaigh added that the HSE also has a role to play and should "conduct an investigation immediately on the impact this contamination could have on the public’s health."


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