Healy Rae Wades Into Kilbanivane Iron Water Issue

Local election candidate, Jackie Healy Rae with his father, Michael Healy Rae, TD and Sheila Costello on the campaign trail in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy
One for the Road: Not likely. This pint of water from a kitchen tap in Kilbanivane could, quite literally, be the one for the road.

Castleisland Electoral Area independent candidate Jackie Healy Rae has just revealed that there is a significant and scientifically backed public health risk to the mains water in the Kilbannivane, Crag and College Road areas of Castleisland.

He has called on Kerry County Council and Irish Water to act immediately.

Southern Scientific Services

An analysis report by Southern Scientific Services Ltd on tap water in one of the households in the area shows an iron level of 40.9mg/L, which is over eight times the limit according to the Drinking Water Regulations 2007. The manganese level is 0.155mg/L, which is over three times the manganese limit. The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that iron values of over 2mg/L present a hazard to human health.

A Persistent Issue

According to the Irish Water website: All exceedances for iron (and manganese) are notified to the HSE and Irish Water consults with them to seek their advice in relation to the protection of public health.

Iron exceedances are also notified to the EPA where there may be a risk to public health, or where the exceedance indicates a persistent issue.’

36 Official Complaints

“Home owners have made at least 36 official complaints to Irish Water for which they have received reference numbers however no risk assessment has been carried out and a homeowner had to get the water tested privately at their own expense.

Immediate Restriction on Supply

“A restriction needs to be placed on the water immediately and water tankers must be provided to the homeowners’’ said Mr. Healy Rae.

“Kerry County Council has said that an application for funding to replace the problematic mains is under review with a decision to be made in the current weeks.

“However this is just not acceptable to the homeowners who have water flowing out of their taps that the World Health Organisation deems to be a public health risk,” he said in conclusion.

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