State warned water treatment systems ‘not fit for purpose’ after contamination controversy

‘The issues that have arisen at the water treatment plants in Wexford clearly show the limitation of the present ways of working and emphasise the urgent need for change,’ the managing director of Irish Water has warned

22nd September, 2021
State warned water treatment systems ‘not fit for purpose’ after contamination controversy
Niall Gleeson, the managing director of Irish Water, will tomorrow warn of the ‘critical’ need for a new system for administering Ireland’s water supply. Picture: Feargal Phillips

The system underpinning Ireland’s water supply is “no longer fit for purpose”, Irish Water has said, as controversy continues over a pair of contamination episodes that left 52 people ill in Wexford.

Niall Gleeson, the managing director of Irish Water, will tomorrow appear in front of the Oireachtas housing committee after water quality issues surfaced in Gorey, Co Wexford, and Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare which supplies drinking water to parts of Dublin...

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