Sunday 15 September 2019

Water problem 'an isolated incident'

GOREY and the surrounding area should be spared the water shortages experienced in the past this summer, Cllr. Malcolm Byrne was assured last week. Speaking at the June meeting of Wexford County Council, the Fianna Fáil man warned that problems with the mains could have a harmful effect on the tourist trade in the district.

Director of water services Eddie Taaffe accepted that there had been what he called an 'isolated incident' affecting Tara Hill recently. However, he was happy that work on a booster station would generally meet demand for water in Courtown and Riverchapel.

While there had been wholesale difficulties in the Gorey district over the years, he did not expect any repeat this summer.

Cllr. Declan MacPartlin chimed in with a complaint that a restaurant in Ferns was recently left without water.

He was also concerned that a visiting party of ladies from Dublin arrived to find that the toilets at Ferns Castle had run dry. He felt that there had been an inordinate number of burst mains pipes recently.

Eddie Taaffe responded that the break in supply at Ferns was beyond his control. Bursts occurred during the scouring of pipes carried out as essential maintenance to the system, he pointed out: 'It has to be done,' he said.

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