15 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Household appliances affected by a build up of limescale are not covered by any reimbursement schemes, it emerged from last week’s meeting of Monaghan County Council.

At the April meeting of Monaghan County Council last week, Sinn Féin councillor Colm Carthy asked in his written questions if any compensation programmes existed to cover the cost of items such as kettles, showers and heating systems that may have been affected by hard water.

Irish Water said it is required to comply with the European Union (Drinking Water) Regulations 2014 and there are no limits currently specified for hardness in these regulations. It said it has to prioritise its investment programme to ensure all water meets drinking water standards and currently, water hardness was not a ‘priority’.

“Hard water is generally not a health risk. It is perfectly safe to drink and studies indicate that hard water can be an important source of essential minerals. When hard water is heated, calcium deposits can form as limescale. This can affect household appliances such as kettles, showers, dishwashers, washing machines and some older direct heating systems,” Irish Water said in a statement to the council.

Entire water supplies were not being chemically softened because such water is not suitable for everyone to drink especially infants and some people with blood pressure issues. However, it was feasible for homeowners themselves to install individual household water softener systems. Such systems should be installed with care to prevent excessive chemicals in …


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