In Reply to: re: Water protest march posted by Donal Geraghty on February 02, 2015 at 18:01:35:
It's no longer an issue as the solution proposed is very sensible no matter how the shouters and roarers try to spin it.
Re the small group schemes the plan should be to amalgamate and shut down a lot of the small ineffective rural water schemes. Funding them further is throwing good money after bad as the per litre cost of running small plant is much greater than for a big scheme like Lough Mask with its 80 square kilometers of water to play with.
The HSE public health docs have passionately argued for the shut down of small private and group schemes especially as they are one of the main source of the nasty VTEC, E. coli O157 disease. It's endemic in rural Ireland because of this. And that's before we get to Cryptosporidium.
The regular drinking water quality reports show this - quote from the 2013 Report:
"•E. coli detected at least once in 63 small private supplies , 32 private
group water schemes and 1 public group water scheme.
•The microbiological quality of private supplies, while improving,
remains inferior to public supplies."
A few weeks back the boil water notice at Williamstown, which is a small public supply, highlighted the issue with small plants. The answer here is to pipe the water from the Lough Mask scheme. The Srah plant is itself under pressure as we have discussed here already due to THMs and the EPA want it upgraded.
The whole thing costs money though and the central funding model simply has not worked as is obvious and doesn't allow for the off-balance sheet fund raising.
If it's a toss up between fixing pipes and hospital beds from central funding which do you think will win around the cabinet table?