Irish Water checks on lead pipes in Laois

Irish Water is urging all homeowners in Laois whose houses were built before 1980 to check their internal plumbing for lead pipes.

Public drinking water supplies are lead free but lead, which poses a serious health risk, can dissolve in drinking water from internal lead pipes which are common in older homes and buildings.

Irish Water said it is confident that lead piping has been removed from the public water distribution mains but the utility estimates that approximately 180,000 homes in Ireland and hundreds of commercial and public buildings still have internal lead plumbing, including lead service pipes from the water main to the stopcock. Of the homes affected around the country, about 40,000 are thought to have shared backyard (common service pipes) which Irish Water will be targeting the replacement of over the next 5 years. Irish Water is issuing this advice as it launches an 8 week period of public consultation on its draft ‘Lead in Drinking Water Mitigation Plan’.

Consultation run for 8 weeks from Wednesday, July 27 July until September 21 during which time the draft Plan and associated environmental reports are available to view online any time at www.water.ie/lead and during working hours at the planning counters of the Local Authority offices. Comments and feedback can be sent to Irish Water by 5pm on 21st of September by email or post as outlined below:-

Email: lead@water.ie

Post: Lead Public Consultation, Irish Water, Colvill House, 24-26 Talbot St, Dublin 1

The final plan and the accompanying SEA Statement will be published once the public consultation is completed.

Information on the health effects of Lead in Drinking Water is available here:

http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/hl/water/drinkingwater/lead/

Information on Grant Assistance for replacement of Lead Pipes is available here:

https://www.environ.ie/water/water-quality/lead-drinking-water/lead-drinking-water