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Contingency plans must be in place as Irish water works get underway in Dundalk - Gerry Adams TD

1 December, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams TD has called on Irish Water to ensure that it has contingency plans in place to ensure people are kept informed and supplied with water,  should the work to replace lead pipes in Dundalk run into difficulty.

Teachta Adams has made contact with Irish Water directly, mindful of fact that a few months ago a leak at the Staleen Plant leak saw the people of Drogheda and east Meath left without water for days.

Teachta Adams stated:

“The reality is that the imposition of water charges and the roll out of the domestic metering programme took priority over the clear need for a radical overhaul of pipes and the wider network. The impact of this was felt keenly in Drogheda and east Meath in July.

“In light of the chaos caused during the summer, which left people in Louth and east Meath high and dry, Irish Water must ensure that contingency plans are in place ahead of the work which started recently to replace lead piping in Dundalk.

“I have contacted Irish Water directly and raised my concerns with them. I will continue to closely monitor the situation as the works progress. It is important that the commitment made to enhance contingency plans for providing alternative water supplies in the event of a major supply disruption are followed through.

“Government water policy should be centred on the provision of water as a state delivered service funded through general taxation.  We also need a strong commitment from the government that they will provide the revenue required to upgrade our water and sanitation infrastructure to a modern standard.”

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