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06 Jul 2022

Leaking asbestos water pipes hit rural Laois community

Leaking asbestos water pipes hit rural Laois community

Rural households in The Swan and Doonane areas in south east Laois are being hit with emergency water cut offs due to an asbestos mains pipe that is gone well past its lifespan.
While a new mains pipe has been requested to Irish Water by Laois County Council, residents are in the meantime unhappy with the interruptions to their water supply.
They have complained to Cllr Padraig Fleming in online comments to his updates on repeat bursts.
“Hopefully it will be fixed this time, after bursting there a few times,” one person said.
“More like a TV episode now. Nearly weekly now,” a resident said.
“Padraig why is this happening so much in our area its getting to be a bit of a joke now is this the 3rd time this year,” another person said.
Cllr Padraig Fleming praised the quick response of Laois County Council staff to late night water bursts.
“At 12.30 on a Saturday night a neighbour told me that there was another major burst. I had to make a decision whether to ring the water services. I rang Eddie Kelly at 1am, and talk about service. He was out in the hour and all that water was turned off," he said.
A third of a kilometer of the pipe needs to be replaced says the council.
The water services staff, who are contracted to Irish Water, said they have requested the replacement at the July council meeting.
“ANB submitted by Laois County Council to Irish Water for replacement of 150mm diameter asbestos watermain 300m long in the Swan supply due to ongoing watermain bursts in the area,” the department reported in July.

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