Wednesday 23 October 2019

Algae growth leaves 1,000 homes without water supply

Treacy Hogan

AS many as 1,000 homes in north Wicklow have been left without water after the worst incident of algae growth on record has again hit householders in the eastern region.

A recent outbreak of the algae left tens of thousands of homes and businesses across Dublin without tap water over Easter. In the latest incident, homes in north Wicklow have no water or reduced supplies.

The problem stems from the most severe incidence of algae growth on record at the Roundwood water treatment plant.

The plant is operated by Dublin City Council and supplies tap water to Dublin and north Wicklow. The algae has clogged the pipes at the plant.

Dublin City Council said it was applying all the necessary resources to the process of cleaning the large sand filters.

"In the meantime, it is likely that production rates at the water treatment plant will remain very low for at least a further two weeks," it said.

Wicklow Council said it was working with Dublin City Council to address the problem.

Irish Independent

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