8 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Irish Water could face legal action from householders in the Scotstown and Ballinode areas who have been put to considerable expense replacing domestic appliances because of the hardness of their water supply, Sinn Féin councillor Cathy Bennett told Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council.

Colr Bennett successfully proposed, with seconding from her party colleague Pat Treanor, that the Council write to Irish Water asking them to address the hard water situation in the village areas concerned.

She argued that a solution to the problem was readily available to the new national utility, as the use of two different sources to mix the water supplied to these locations would result in its softening.

Colr Bennett said she had conducted a survey of the cost on a weekly basis of the water hardness to consumers in Scotstown and Ballinode. She had also brought in “buckets of limescale” to Irish Water and had requested the residents of these areas to telephone the utility in order to get movement on the issue.

The Co Council’s Head of Water Services, Cathal Flynn, said that hard water was not a parameter that reflected on drinking water quality. There were no health implications from excessive lime concentrations in water. It was acknowledged that hard water had its difficulties in terms of appliances and Irish Water had advice in this regard on its web pages.

“Irish Water has no proposals in relation to Scotstown and Ballinode to address any hard water issues,” Mr Flynn stated.

Colr Bennett asked if Irish Water was willing to take on “law suits and court cases” in relation to the money people were spending on replacing appliances.

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