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Officials at Carlow County Council have moved swiftly to reassure residents over concerns of excessive lead in the county’s drinking water following a recent EPA report.
A solution to Old Mervue’s water crisis may be at hand if money from the Galway City Council’s Water Conservation Project can be used to both replace the lead pipes connected to households and solve the problems of leakage in the area.
There was just one incident of E. coli contamination of a public water supply reported in Westmeath during 2007, in the Mullaghmeenan rechlorination station supply zone.
Last week’s EPA report on water quality confirmed the “excellent” quality of Westmeath’s water supplies, according to county manager Dan McLoughlin.
To ensure Galway’s drinking water supplies are of the highest quality, the county’s two local authorities will have to publish the results of their drinking water sampling programmes online.
Once again water in Galway is undrinkable. Residents of Old Mervue, Bohermore, Shantalla, and Claddagh areas cannot use their tap water at present. If they do they risk being poisoned.
Residents of the St Bridget’s Terrace and Green Road areas of Mullingar have been warned to exercise caution when using tap water, following the discovery of raised levels of lead in the water supply to their homes.