Ongoing issues at The Woodlands for 12 years
Residents in The Woodlands in Dunleer are calling on Irish Water and Louth County Council to fix the water mains in the area as there have been ongoing issues for over 12 years.
Carol Brodigan and her husband bought their house in 2010 and since moving in, they have been subjected to constant and regular water outages along with persistent low water pressure. The issue arises every couple of months, with water supply dropping in and out for residents in the estate.
The residents are not given any warning or notification in advance from Irish Water, preventing them from stocking up and storing water in their tanks.
Numerous emails have been sent to TD’s complaining about the ongoing issue.
"You can’t wash yourself, you can’t wash your clothes, my dogs couldn’t get any water. It means you’re buying water the whole time and you just can’t rely on it.”
Carol explains that during the Christmas period it was “horrendous”, noting they had no water for two days, while the previous Christmas they had no water for three days.
Carol said, "You can’t wash yourself, you can’t wash your clothes, my dogs couldn’t get any water. It means you’re buying water the whole time and you just can’t rely on it.”
There is now approved planning permission for 50 additional houses at the back of the estate, with the expectation of additional further pressures added to the already volatile water supply.
Over the last 12 years, there has been no answer for the constant outages from Irish Water.
Originally it began as five separate pipe leaks, which were initially repaired, however, the situation has gotten drastically worse, with no answers as to the cause.
"Your basic need is to drink your water, and we don’t have that,” said Carol. "We have never had a proper water supply since we moved in, we’re just fed up of it at this stage, and something has to be done.”
Local TD, Ged Nash has described the situation in Dunleer area in recent months as “completely unacceptable.”
He said, “The latest outage over the 23rd and 24th of January again came with no advance notice. This is not the first time residents have been left in difficulty with an outage experienced earlier this month and on two days over the Christmas period.”
"It is not on and Irish Water must explain in clear terms why this is happening so frequently and what they plan to do to resolve the problem in a comprehensive way.”
Deputy Nash has requested a meeting with Irish Water officials regarding the issue, explaining the problems need “to be fixed for good” and substantial communication with the local residents is needed.