Meath West TD Deputy Peadar Tóibín and Aontú Trim Representative Jack Lynch met with Irish Water to discuss ongoing disruptions to water supply around the county, areas where further significant works are needed were identified.
Speaking after the meeting Tóibín told Meath Live, “Following our campaign for investment to address the water crisis in Enfield and surrounding areas, I’m delighted that contracts were signed in January and the first phase of works on the reservoir in Enfield will commence this year which will take 8 months to complete.
“However, at a meeting, I recently held with Irish Water I have learned that the reservoir won’t have 24 hour back up so there will still be the possibility of some outages in the future in Enfield.
“While I have been told there will be a second phase as part of these works to address this issue, at present there is no timescale in place for that phase. It’s vital that we keep pushing for these ongoing upgrades to secure a stable water supply for the area. While a reservoir is needed for Longwood to solve the water shutdowns, I have been informed by Irish Water there is currently no plan in place for the area which also needs to be addressed in future investment plans.
Tóibín continued “A cause of major concern for residents of Trim has been recent disruptions to water supply over the past couple of weeks. Irish Water has informed me that an electrical issue on the 21st of January affected production and impacted storage, but the treatment stream has had work carried out on it in the past year and they hope there will no further significant outages in the future.
“I have also learned that the boil water notice for Drumconrath issued on 28 December and still remains in place at present due to turbid water has had a long term solution secured which is welcome news for residents of the area. I will seek also to raise further issues in relation to water investment in Meath at an upcoming seminar at the National Water Resource Plan for the East and Midlands.
“The issue of wells which have dried up in the Robinstown and Shambo area was also raised at the meeting by Deputy Tóibín. He says “I’m aware that this has been an ongoing problem for residents of the area since last year when it was first brought to my attention and I began to make initial enquiries where up to 80 households are impacted.
“I’m conscious that a solution has still not been reached on the issue between the local residents, Tara Mines, Meath County Council, and Department of the Environment. Irish Water has informed me that it may not be economically viable for each household to be connected to the mains as the cost could be exorbitant.
“However it’s vital that a solution be reached between all parties as soon as practically possible. It is absolutely wrong that families in the
21st Century cannot turn on their taps and get clean water, that many are washing their clothes and taking showers in their children’s houses.”