Still no solution to lead pipes problem
There is no solution in sight to the water problems in Bishopswater.
Cllr Davy Hynes said a letter received by the council from Irish Water saying that they were not responsible for the cost of replacing lead pipes connecting people's homes to the public water supply.
'This letter more or less restated what Irish Water said previously that the lead pipes are the responsibility of the homeowner and that it is not going to do anything. The meeting with the councillors and the meeting with the residents and the councillors now looks to have been just a PR exercise on behalf of Irish Water. Nothing has changed. They are saying 'tough, it's your problem'. They did refer to possibility of phosphate but other than that there's nothing new in the letter.
'The majority of us councillors are of the opinion that the local authority needs to be very firmly behind the residents. I can't see the residents being in a position or even wanting to replace them. A lot of research still has to be done with regards phosphate to see what effect it will have.
'We need to take a firm approach on this. This is not good enough.'
Cllr Tony Dempsey said the council needed to know what costs were involved with respect of both replacing the lead pipes and adding the phosphate and said Irish Water needed to prepare those costings.
'I'm not surprised by this letter from our discussions with Irish Water', said Cllr George Lawlor. 'That's the line they took with us. Phosphate dosing in Wexford is in their top 20 schemes to do they (Irish Water) said. The only thing in their favour is that they informed the residents.
'But the residents didn't cause the problem and I've no doubt other areas are affected as well. Where there's an issue the resident's should be punished for a problem they didn't cause.'