Galway Residents Tested For Lead Poisoning

Galway residents whose tap-water has shown high levels of lead begun a series of medical tests to ensure they have not suffered from adverse effects.

The residents of 12 houses in Mervue, Claddagh, Bohermore and Shantalla, where high levels of lead was detected in the drinking water, were called by the HSE to a special clinic at Merlin Park Hospital.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, tests carried out on behalf of Galway City Council in the houses showed lead levels more than four times the international cut-off level for lead in water; up to 25 micrograms per litre.

It has emerged that a Galway City has also been affected by the findings. Councillor Colette Connolly revealed yesterday that her home in Shantalla was one of the 12 surveyed and the reading was more than 160 micrograms per litre, a figure more than six times the permitted level.


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