Locals petition Irish Water over loss of supply

Locals petition Irish Water over loss of supply
People in the Watergrasshill area feel their natural springs have been put at risk since Irish Water took over water services.

LOCALS from Watergrasshill are Dublin-bound today with the hope of presenting a petition to Irish Water. 

They are calling on the company to allow locals back on the Meenane water supply.

Two springs, at Meenane and Knockraha, had until recently been serving the community. However, Irish Water have said that due to cryptosporidium detected in the Meenane supply, locals can no longer use it.

Barry Curtin, a spokesman for the planning and development committee of Watergrasshill Community Association, said the cryptosporidium outbreak is due to Irish Water not investigating a leak in 2016, while he also believes the company are aiming to centralise services.

Mr Curtin added that the community association had tested the water themselves in conjunction with Bandon-based Acorn Water in October, and the results came back clear.

A delegation is hoping to present a petition with around 350 signatures to Managing Director of Irish Water Niall Gleeson today.

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