Every effort must be made to co-ordinate a full response to the Listowel water breakdown as an estimated 17,000 homes are left dry as the mechanisms fail in the town’s supply system – that’s according to Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, John Brassil.
Deputy Brasill has called on Kerry County Council and Irish Water to co-ordinate a response to the ongoing water outage in the Listowel area as private homes and industry are cut off from their water supply since Sunday morning.
Could Take a Number of Days
Deputy Brassil believes that the issue will not be resolved for a number of days.
“A large amount of households across the Listowel have been adversely affected by this disruption to the water supply,” said Deputy Brassil.
“The first and foremost priority must be to ensure that everyone in the affected communities have access to clean drinking water,” the Deputy added.
“As this water shortage develops I will do my utmost to ensure that there is co-ordination between both Kerry County Council and Irish Water.
Left in the Lurch
“It is essential that people are not left in the lurch, or waiting hours to access clean drinking water and therefore water tankers must be supplied on a needs-by-needs basis.
“Water stations must be erected to serve the substantial population in need of water. This situation highlights serious issues with how Irish Water functions.
“The fact that a standby mechanism also failed is deeply concerning, particularly as this outage affects large production in Kerry Group, one of the country’s foremost companies.
Lack of Parts
“An antiquated pipe network and lack of parts to fix the failure are also proving difficult.
“There needs be a level of foresight to determine what areas need additional drinking water before tankers run dry.
“This dire situation must be rectified as soon as possible,” Deputy Brassil concluded.
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