Beware dirty water as council scours pipes

WEXFORD householders might want to turn on the radio before doing a white wash this month as Wexford County Council set about scouring their pipes.

Dirty water will be flushed through the water networks across the county over the next month, as part of an annual maintenance scheme to remove sediment build up in water pipes.

The Council will warn people when their areas will be affected through advertisements in this newspaper, and via bulletins on local radio.

The scouring programme will be carried out right across the county, and home owners will notice dirty, brown water coming from their taps as the sediment is flushed out.

According to Gerry Forde, executive engineer, it is important for the Council to scour the ' extensive water distribution system' across the county annually, as a certain amount of sediment does build up in the pipe network.

This years scouring programme commenced on Monday of this week and will continue for approximately four weeks. Most areas, when scouring is being carried out, will have their supply interrupted for five or six hours.

Discolouration of the water coming out of the taps will be evident, and people should avoid washing clothes in their machines at this time. Announcements giving details of the affected areas will be made daily on South East Radio or people can contact these phone numbers in their individual areas: Wexford - 053, 9176359; Enniscorthy - 053 - 9233212; Gorey - 053 9483800; New Ross - 051 421300.

' We would apologise for any inconvenience caused during these essential maintenance works,' said Mr. Forde this week.

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