More lime in water, says Cllr

Many older houses in Mountmellick are said to have lead pipes
Laois County Council claims the water supply in Portlaoise complies with European regulations, despite the fact that residents on the Mountmellick Road say there has been a big increase in the amount of lime in their water.

Laois County Council claims the water supply in Portlaoise complies with European regulations, despite the fact that residents on the Mountmellick Road say there has been a big increase in the amount of lime in their water.

At the recent meeting of Portlaoise Town Council, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald called on Laois County Council to resolve the problem with lime in the water on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise.

In a written reply from Mr Michael O’Hora, senior engineer, it was claimed that: “The council take particular care to provide its customers with a potable water supply. The water supply in Portlaoise is tested regularly for water quality and it has been found to be compliant with the European Communities Regulations 2007. The water supply on the Mountmellick road is the same supply as the rest of the town and there should be no reason why it should vary from any other area of the town.”

“People say there has been an extreme increase in the lime,” said Cllr Fitzgerald. “That response is not satisfactory, that’s a general response. Has a test been done?”

“There’s a problem all over the town, we should check the supply, full stop,” said Cllr Caroline Dwane.

Cllr Matthew Keegan asked whether the town water supply all comes from the one source. He was informed by senior engineer, Mr Tom O’Carroll that all the town’s water comes from spring sources.