‘Irish Water were very much aware of it’ – Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley
By Joe Barrett
A councillor in Laois has taken issue with the explanation given by Irish Water as to why no advance notice could be given to residents in Portlaoise before their water supply was turned off due to a major burst along the supply line.
On Wednesday 3 February a burst occurred on the public network which affected the water supply to residents in Saint Brigid’s Place, Highfield Meadows, The Grange and the Borris Road areas in Portlaoise.”
At the Wednesday 17 February meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District Council meeting cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley claimed that residents in that area of the town, “were left from 8am to 4.30pm without water. They received no prior notice from Irish Water that they would have to go without water for the full day. The people in the area were absolutely furious over it.”
On Friday 19 February Irish Water responded to cllr Dwane’s charge.
In its statement on the matter to the Laois Nationalist it said: “When Irish Water and Laois County Council were made aware of the outage, we immediately investigated and worked as a matter of priority to repair the water main and restore normal water supply to impacted customers as quickly and as safely as possible, in adherence with strict HSE and government guidance on Covid-19.
“As this was an unplanned outage, it was not possible to provide advance notice to customers.”
However at Monday’s (22 February) meeting of Laois County Council cllr Dwane Stanley disputed Irish Water’s version and stated: “Irish Water were aware of the leak. I knew the day before they came to fix it. I had been in contact with Laois County Council, who are contractors to Irish Water, over it. Over 500 residents were left without water without any notification. Irish Water were very much aware of it.”