People in the Mayglass and Duncormick area have had to endure dirty and discoloured water flowing from their taps, members were informed at the January meeting of Wexford County Council.
Getting quite animated on the topic, councillor in the Rosslare District Jim Codd blasted 'it's water that you wouldn't wash a dog in, never mind a child!'
The water issue was initially raised by Cllr George Lawlor who said that the quality of the water emerging from the Fardystown water supply was extremely poor.
'The amount of lime in the water is damaging people's utensils,' he said. 'I know one person who has replaced a dozen showers. Now lately, some people have reported black and dirty water coming from the taps. Can we investigate the problems here properly or can we look at finding an alternative water source for the eight and a half thousand families who are forced to endure the sub standard water coming out of Fardystown?'
Keen to be straight up with the members, Director of Services Eamonn Hore said that Irish Water looking for an alternative water source was 'not going to happen any time soon'.
Cllr Jim Codd was angered by this.
'I'm annoyed at how Irish Water are treating the people of the Rosslare District,' he said. 'The water coming out of the taps is black. We're told they're going to be flushing the pipes to alleviate the problem, but still it persists. People are entitled to have water that they can see through, never mind drink!'
'I've brought this up numerous times now and these people have had to endure black water coming from the taps for the whole of Christmas. It's not good enough.'
Mr Hore replied that the dirty water is something that is currently being addressed, but in relation to problems with hard water, he reiterated that it was unlikely that a replacement water source for Fardystown would be found any time soon.