23 September 2008

Lead contaminates Water in Galway

Yesterday I wrote that there is no day without seriously bad news these days in Ireland. Well, I am not happy to be right again with that.

Today we have learned that water supplies in more than half of the houses surveyed in Galway city (photo) show a high level of lead!

A recent report by the Health Service Executive (HSE) shows that four areas of the city have contaminated water supplies.

The issue prompted an emergency meeting of Galway City Council tonight. The Mayor, Cllr. Padraig Conneely (Fine Gael), said he had been contacted by City Manager Joe McGrath concerning "lead-related problems in older pipes", especially in houses built before 1970.

This latest development follows Galway's cryptosporidium outbreak in March of last year, when 240 people fell seriously ill and thousands more reported feeling unwell. A notice to boil all tap water remained in place for five months.
The outbreak was the most serious of its kind in Ireland and led to major political rows over the failure to replace the old treatment plant at Terryland before the emergency arose.

Galway's water supplies were declared safe again in August 2007, but it appears that the water contamination problems of this beautiful city in the west of Ireland are far from over.

The Emerald Islander

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