A Portlaoise family is demanding action from Irish Water to eliminate a mysterious substance that is contaminating their water supply.
For the past three weeks the Meehan family on Peppers Lane off Main St have noticed an increasing amount of tiny beads with which are brownish in colour.
The problem has worsened significantly in recent days to a point where the family cannot use the water to even wash with. The Leinster Express visited the home on Main Street.
The beads settle in the bottom of a glass when a mains tap is turned on. The washing machine or dish washer is becoming clogged up. When the family removes the water connection from the back of the machine the congealed beds ooze out. Only the filters are preventing the substance entering the machine.
Karl Meehan and his wife Katie have four children two of whom are toddlers aged just 2 and 3. Mrs Meehan is also pregnant. The family have now have to buy drinking water.
"I'm afraid to even put the children in the bath," said Katie.
Mr Meehan has been in touch with Irish Water and Laois County Council. He said he has been told that the problem is being caused by a blocked water filter but he says there is no water filter in his home.
Irish Water told the Leinster Express that the beads are not used in any water treatment process that Irish Water carries out. The company said they are used in private water softeners or private filter systems in homes.