Three years before water supply may return to normal

Mary Fogarty

Published 04/06/2014 | 05:22

It will be at least three years before water supply in north Wicklow returns to normal levels.

It will be at least three years before water supply in north Wicklow returns to normal levels.

Deputy Billy Timmins met with Irish Water recently following thousands of homes in the area left with no water or low pressure for days or weeks on end.

The supply problems have been caused by the seasonal impacts of algae at the Vartry Reservoir which is located in Roundwood.

'They are looking at putting in place a temporary treatment unit which will alleviate the problem to some extent,' said Deputy Timmins. 'I have asked Irish Water to move on this as quick as they can.'

He added that the head of Irish Water John Tierney and staff who attended the meeting said that this issue in Wicklow is one of the biggest challenges facing the company at this time.

Areas such as Enniskerry, Greystones and Kilpedder were the worst affected by the recent practice of conserving water due to the shortages. While the algae is harmless it slows down the water treatment process. The problem has worsened since it came to light last year. Some homes were left without water either all the time or at night for almost two weeks during April.

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