Householders upset over ‘dirty water from taps’

Residents fear their water supply is not fit for human consumption

DIRTY water is pouring out of the taps in private houses in Caragh Lake and concerned residents say their supply is not fit for human consumption.

The problem has been raised by Cllr Michael Cahill who has called on Irish Water to immediately address the ongoing issue in the Muingaphuca Caragh Lake Water Supply Scheme in Mid Kerry.

“This issue has occurred on a number of occasions during the past number of months and it is a very real concern to residents, particularly in the Muingaphuca, Glannagillagh, Caragh Lake area,” he said.

Cllr Cahill said parents are especially concerned for their children’s safety and wellbeing.

Cllr Michael Cahill: Concerns

There are 2,000 people being serviced by that supply and Cllr Cahill asked Kerry County Council and Irish Water to monitor the situation closely.

Colm Mangan, Senior Executive Engineer with Kerry County Council, said the Caragh Lake Water Supply Scheme serves people in the greater Glannagillagh, Dooaghs, Cromane, Tullig, Laharan and Gurrane areas west of Killorglin.

The source is the very small Lough Cummernamuck and the quality of the raw water from it can be detrimentally affected by intense rainfall.

Mechanical problems which occurred in the operation of the water treatment plant in late 2020 resulted in water which was not completely colourless reaching consumers.

That particular problem was resolved prior to Christmas and the water supply is always fully disinfected, Mr Mangan said.

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