Irish Water have confirmed to LouthNow.ie that no representative from the company will be in attendance at the public meeting to be held in Tallanstown on Wednesday next as locals prepare to have their say on the Boil Water Notice in place in the area.
The BWN first came into effect on July 30 2019, initially affecting 2,000 customers in the wider area. After works were carried out, that number was significantly reduced to just 600 – but there has been no end in sight for those people, with a number of attempts to rectify the lack of safe drinking water using various techniques having failed so far.
In a statement released to LouthNow.ie on Friday afternoon, Irish Water say they did not receive a formal invitation to the meeting. This claim is disputed by meeting organisers in Tallanstown. The meeting is due to take place on Wednesday January 29 at 8pm in Tallanstown Community Hall.
‘Irish Water has not received a formal invitation to attend a public meeting by the organiser(s) of the meeting,’ the company said.
‘Due to resourcing constraints, in general, Irish Water do not attend public meetings but do engage with public representatives and community groups in a more dedicated way where required in addition to our regular channels of communication via the media, our website and social media sites.
‘Irish Water endeavour to communicate as openly and transparently as possible with the public, particularly when there are issues with drinking water quality.’
The company said that they ‘acknowledge the impact and inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice to homes and businesses in the Tallanstown area’ and they thanked the local community for their ongoing patience and cooperation.
‘Irish Water’s priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding that water supply for the future is a vital focus.’
On Monday, Louth County Council said they would raise the possibility of the provision of a water tanker for residents in Tallanstown but added that such a move would only add an extra burden on people in the village.
Councillors at Monday’s meeting of Louth County Council requested that a water tanker be provided in the village. But while that request was not totally shot down, the councillors were told such a move would not provide any respite from the process for locals in mid-Louth.
But Bernie Woods, Head of Water Services at the the local authority, responded by saying water tankers would have no positive impact.
“When you have water tankers, you still have to boil water. It’s the same thing as taking it from the tap and boiling it. It’s the exact same thing. You’re only going to put an extra burden on people to get water from the tankers,” she said.
Irish Water say that ice-pigging, a technique were an ice slush is pumped into a water main and forced along the inside to clean the pipe by removing sediment and other unwanted deposits, was completed last week. This was followed by watermain flushing to remove any further sediment from the pipes.
The company say that adequate chlorine levels are being maintained consistently at all locations with the exception of the specific section of the network where ice-pigging is required.