Following the latest water outage on Dublin Road, Ardee, Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham sought assurances from Irish Water that they would fix the problem permanently and not just do ‘another patch job’.
Cllr Cunningham said “there have been numerous incidences of water disruption as a result of a particular watermain bursting on the Dublin Road in Ardee. Many households are affected each time. I contacted Irish Water asking that they sort this problem once and for all and look into replacing or upgrading this stretch of pipe as it is obviously no longer fit for purpose.”
Cllr Cunningham welcomed the response from Irish Water. “They said funding has been approved to replace the problematic pipe and over the next 6-12 months, Irish Water and Louth County Council will follow the process of a site investigation, design, construction and commissioning. Hopefully between then and now we will have no more problems with this pipe but at least there is an end in sight to the uncertainty that face residents of the area regarding their water supply.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Floood has today welcomed the long awaited news that work is going to commence on the North Quay water main in Drogheda.
Cllr Flood said “Residents and businesses on Drogheda’s Northside all the way out as far as Termonfeckin are only too aware of problems with water pressure as well as the frequent water outages caused by the North Quay’s watermain bursting”.
The watermain at North Quay has become notorious for bursting resulting in businesses being forced to close and having a knock on effect of either low water pressure or none at all in some parts of Drogheda.
Cllr Flood, who together with Cllr Imelda Munster have been battling with Irish Water since 2014 to have the antiquated pipe replaced.
“Louth County Council announced as far back as July 2014, that Irish Water has allocated funds of €129,000 to replace the 300 metre asbestos cement pipe and that work was expected to be completed by the end of that year. Since then there have been a series of delays which amounted to no more than bureaucratic nonsense and in the meantime the water outages have continued. Councillor Munster has described the North Quay Watermain as not fit for purpose and I agree. While we await North Quay Water Main replacement, the pressure in this area is restricted and therefore has the knock-on effect of lowering operating pressure in Termonfeckin while water is Rosehall is off.”
“Finally after all this time and after many battles with Irish Water, I am pleased to say that Irish Water has confirmed that the tendering process is now complete and work on the main is due to commence in late March. Better late than never!”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hit out at the lack of communication from Irish Water to thousands of residents who found themselves without water on Monday.
Flood said “After talking to residents I learned this can happen on average four times a year. The problem appears to be the watermain on the North Quay in Drogheda. When it bursts thousands of residents are affected from Greenhills, Termonfeckin Road, Newtownstalaban, Queensborough and Beaulieu. Several residents are also reporting air-locks in their water systems which will require a plumber to fix them, at considerable expense to themselves.”
An Angry Kenneth Flood continued “what I don’t understand is why it keeps happening. What quality of parts are they replacing it with? A patch up job is a false economy, people deserve better than this.”
The Sinn Féin Councillor also questioned the lack of information available. “There was no notice on the Council website until well into the day and there was no notice on the Irish Water website at all that there would be any disruption. When you get up on a Monday morning the last thing on your mind is ‘I must check the website to see if there will be enough water for the day’. This is 21st Century Ireland and there must be better communication with households who are having water charges forced on them by Irish Water. This is poor service and simply isn’t good enough.”