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Lead piping is a danger to health - Ferris

4 December, 2014 - by Martin Ferris TD

During the Dáil debate on the Water Services Bill today, Deputy Martin Ferris, raised the issue of lead piping, still in use in various parts of the state.

Deputy Ferris said:

“There is no doubt in the world that our water infrastructure needs attention. There are leaks, which are a waste of what is a precious resource, which have not received any attention over the years.

“The lack of attention to repairing infrastructure gives the lie to the claim that water metering is to do with conservation when we all know that the money spent on installing meters would have made a massive improvement to our water systems if it had been spent on repairing the leaks and improving the piping.

“Is there any health and safety consideration being given to this matter?

In my own constituency, in St Brendan’s estate in Tralee, there is lead piping still in existence and high levels of lead in the water.

“There was a woman in Corbally, in Limerick who brought a sample of her water to her work in a lab and had it tested. It turned out to be ten times over the allowable EU limits.

“It is an issue that is not confined to areas outside Dublin either. I am told that the people of Raheny and Marino, in Dublin city have the same problem with lead piping and lead in their water to levels that are eight to ten times over the EU limit.”

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