McLoughlin: Wicklow is discriminated against when it comes to the supply of water

The lack of water supply in North Wicklow is a disgrace and the management of the supply is nothing short of scandalous.

Following suspension of standing orders at the monthly Wicklow County Council meeting to urgently discuss the situation, Councillor Gráinne Mc Loughlin stated there was something very suspect about the fact that water shortages coming from the Vartry that supply both Dublin and Wicklow only affect Wicklow.

I do not believe that a 24” pipe that supplies Wicklow is the only one affected with ‘algae’ and Dublin’s 33” pipe is not affected. We have a situation that all areas in South Dublin have no problems with their supply yet the community of North Wicklow once again, following on from the debacle of last year; continue to face water shortages or indeed no water at all.  Water is a basic human right and if more resources are required to sort this problem they need to be allocated.  It is neither acceptable nor tolerable that resources are all been put into the supply to Dublin and not Wicklow.  I am calling on the government to sit up and sort this problem out now and to ensure that Wicklow is not discriminated against as would appear at the moment.

In the meantime, the water supply must be delivered fairly and equitably to all communities in Wicklow and Dublin rather than the present situation.


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