24 Oct 2019, 16.31

Following its meeting this morning, the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government has written to Irish Water urgently seeking specific details on when 600,000 residents in parts of counties Dublin, Kildare and Meath affected by the boil water notice will have water that is safe to drink.

Deputies and Senators have asked Irish Water to provide them with regular updates on the the work that is being carried out to resolve the situation and the progress that is being made on lifting the boil water notice.

Also at its meeting today, Members unanimously agreed to invite representatives of Irish Water and other stakeholders to appear before the Committee in Leinster House on 5 November, to address issues with water quality and boil notices nationwide.

Speaking after the meeting, Committee Chairman Noel Rock TD said: “Telling people that that it may be days before the boil water notice is lifted is not good enough. We need to hear specific details from Irish Water on when the water will be safe to drink again. 600,000 people being left without safe drinking water in north Dublin, Kildare and Meath, and the poor communication around the problem, needs to be explained. We need to get to the bottom of it and hear from those responsible about what they are doing to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We have cross-party support to have this discussion which I proposed at the earliest practical opportunity, which is Tuesday, 5 November.”

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