Irish Water responds to claims that Kingscourt water is too dirty to use

Irish Water has responded to claims that the water supply in Kingscourt isn’t even suitable to wash your hands with, never mind drink.

The comments were made by local Fianna Fáil Councillor Clifford Kelly at Monday’s sitting of Cavan County Council.

In a statement to Northern Sound News, Irish Water said it has invested over €3 million in the Kingscourt Water Supply Scheme, which involved the building of a new water treatment plant.

They also state that while the works are complete, the plant is still going through a process proving phase and treated water from the plant is being produced to a very high standard and all water meets all statutory regulations and is safe to drink.

FULL STATEMENT:

Irish Water has invested over €3 million in the Kingscourt Water Supply Scheme which involved building a new water treatment plant. While the works are complete the plant is still going through a process proving phase. Treated water from the plant is being produced to a very high standard and all water meets all statutory regulations and is safe to drink.

Because the raw water is very clean to start with, there are occasions when chlorine, which is added to the water to disinfect it, is not diminishing as the water circulates throughout the network. Because of this, manganese is produced which looks like small dark flecks in the water. This does not pose a public health issue and the water is still safe to drink.

If any member of the public is experiencing a problem with their water quality they can contact the Irish Water customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.