County councillors in Carrigaline Municipal District (MD) want a meeting with officials of Irish Water (IW) to discuss the high number of water outages on the southside of Carrigaline.
This was proposed in a motion from cathaoirleach Seamus McGrath (FF) at a recent meeting and agreed.
‘I know there are planned works to upgrade the water main on Lower and Upper Kilmoney Roads but we need to go through this issue with IW because it can cause inconvenience to a huge number of houses and businesses and only recently, there was an outage on the Minane Bridge road,’ he stated.
Seconding,Cllr Aidan Lombard (FG) said the request for a meeting with IW was made repeatedly when he was a member of Bandon-Kinsale MD with regard to the Ballinhassig area but there was unwillingness from the latter. ‘IW clinics don’t work’, he added, ‘so it’s imperative they come in because breaks are happening over and over again’.
Cllr Ben Dalton-O’Sullivan (Ind) concurred and referred to water outages in Ballygarvan and Ballinhassig as well as south Carrigaline.
‘During the election campaign I was contacted by a business person in that area who said when they had no water, they lost a day’s trade and it could amount to €1,000. We need to be encouraging start-up businesses into the Carrigaline area but outages are a big deterrent,’ he added.
Cllr Marcia D’Alton (Ind) said there was need for a more seamless communication between the local authority and IW which took over from the council on water services and also data being made available to councillors.
Senior executive engineer Madeleine Healy said the council was in discussion with IW about upgrades to the water main ahead of resurfacing Lower Kilmoney Road and the aim was to have this done during the school holiday period because it would involve a temporary road closure.
*Last week, The Carrigdhoun learned that IW intends replacing 5 kilometres of water pipeline between Ballinhassig and Ballygarvan later this year. The design stage is under way.
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