Council/Irish Water a ‘Merry Go Round’ of red tape – Flood

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hit out at the Irish Water-Louth Council arrangement calling it a ‘Merry Go Round of Red Tape’.

Cllr Flood was speaking after the recent Louth County Council Budget meeting where he raised queries regarding the costs to the Council around water services.

Cllr. Flood said “I was contacted by a Marsh Road resident in October regarding the sight, taste and smell of their drinking water. The lady advised her drinking water had a chemical taste and smell, not a
bleach smell and there was black bits floating in it. Boiling the water didn’t help the quality of the water.

“I contacted Irish Water and requested a fix as soon as possible. After an investigation they resolved the issue by flushing out the main waterline for the Marsh Road and the problem was resolved in that location.
While I am glad that I was able to resolve the issue for Marsh Road residents, the fix took longer than it should have.”

Cllr Flood explained the roundabout process of making representations. “Firstly we contact Irish Water, who then contacts the Local Authority to investigate the issue. The Local Authority then report back to Irish Water, who then weighs up the costs of a fix, and then once again they contact the Local Authority who actually carries out the repair.”

Cllr Flood said he is frustrated at this process and it is delaying urgent repairs taking place. “ Not only is it frustrating but it also means there are two sets of assessors, one in the Local Authority and another in Irish Water. This arrangement is a waste of time and money and residents are the ones affected. The Fine Gael Government and their Fianna Fail partners are not moving to resolve this. The only way to ensure a speedy and more cost effective fix is to return Water Services to Local Authorities and to dissolve the quango that is Irish Water.”

“In the meantime, our heads are spinning as we have to ride this merry go round each time there is an issue.”