Public meeting needed to resolve Cashel water woes

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Irish Water bosses could come in for a thorough cross-examination over the coming weeks if senior chiefs agree to attend a public meeting over Newtowncashel’s ongoing water crisis.

Irish Water bosses could come in for a thorough cross-examination over the coming weeks if senior chiefs agree to attend a public meeting over Newtowncashel’s ongoing water crisis.

A number of local councillors want the State-owned company to address over 500 south Longford residents who last month saw their water supplies hit with a boil water notice.

Fine Gael Councillor Gerald Farrell said it was important members of the public and local homeowners were brought of to speed with the situation.

Locals have been told to refrain from drinking public water supplies until further notice, a directive which has remained in place since September 4 last.

“Nearly 50 per cent of the parish are on boil water notices and the people of Newtowncashel are anxious to get it sorted and to get the proper treatment plants in,” said Cllr Farrell.

Cllr Mark Casey, was keen to point out the current notice in place was not the first time the greater Cashel area had encountered serious water related issues.

In 2011, problems linked to chlorination inefficiencies led to a precautionary boil water notice.

Cllr Peggy Nolan said it might be prudent for the utility provider to deliver a presentation to the council before the turn of the year.