WEXFORD County Council officials have continued to stress to Irish Water the importance of installing UV water treatment facilities at the main water plants across the county.
The calls first started after thousands of people across Co Wexford were either left without water or placed on a boil water notice after exceptionally heavy rain overwhelmed treatment plants countywide. It was noted at the time that the only treatment plant that continued to operate unaffected was New Ross – where Wexford County Council had already installed UV treatment facilities before Irish Water took over responsibility for water services.
With Wexford again seeing exceptionally heavy rain over Christmas, which caused serious flash flooding across the county, it was noted that the only reason water supply didn’t go down again was down to a Herculean effort from the council’s water services team. However, this is not considered sustainable for the future.
Cllr George Lawlor asked if there had been any progress on obtaining UV treatment for Wexford, Gorey and Enniscorthy’s water treatment plants.
"We’ve been given every indication that UV treatment will be applied in Gorey,” Director of Services Eamonn Hore said. “We’ve already requested that the installation of these facilities for Wexford and Enniscorthy be brought forward from 2023. We managed to get through the Christmas storms without disruption, but the level of work put in to avoid a boil water notice is completely unsustainable.
"We are due to meet with Irish Water in two weeks and I will continue to press them on this.”