Saturday 29 November 2014

Concern as tap water exceeds lead limit

David Raleigh

Published 24/07/2014 | 02:30

TESTS are ongoing after a household's tap water was found to have exceeded the safe limit for the chemical lead.

The residents of the private house were contacted yesterday by Limerick City and County Council and told not to drink the water.

Further tests are being conducted in the area to ascertain if there is a health risk to residents living nearby.

The house is located at the Knockalisheen Road, Ballynanty, on Limerick's northside.

The council's director of water services Kieran Lehane said no other householders in the area had yet been contacted about the situation. He said the local authority was still investigating whether there was a health risk to others.

Mr Lehane said: "The lead exceedance was found as a result of routine tests. The HSE advised us to tell the person they shouldn't continue drinking the water until the situation is rectified."

A notification was sent out this morning to local politicians representing people living in the North Ward where the house is located.

He added that staff at the council regularly test the water system to make sure it is safe to wash and consume.

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