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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Lawlor wants pardon for Mayglass water-users

Published 14/01/2014 | 05:38

Irish Water should consider granting householders served by the water tower in Mayglass as waver from charges due to be imposed from the start of next year.

That was the message from Cllr. George Lawlor who suggested that the number of homes and businesses affected by Mayglass's 'hard' water runs to thousands.

The Labour representative suggested that the people on the Mayglass mains are already paying hundreds of euro each year to soften the water coming from their taps.

They were also paying a price through having to replace appliances, argued Cllr. Lawlor.

He said he knew of one case where a man had replaced his shower a dozen times.

The problem is of concern across a large swathe of South Wexford and into the south of Wexford town. He appealed to Irish Water to offer some assistance to affected customers or give them a waiver.

He acknowledged that the hard water is fit to drink and may even be healthier to consume than the supply coming from the mains in soft water areas. Nevertheless, he felt that homes are already counting the cost in terms of kettles, washing machines and other appliances all damaged beyond repair.

It would be unfair to heap water charges on top of this, he said.

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