Many residents of Ballyshannon have been putting up with substandard water quality for more than 20 years, a local councillor claims.
Sinn Féin’s Michael McMahon and his party colleague Pearse Doherty TD, met locals from Cluain Barron, Ernedale Heights, Coolcholly and surrounding areas last Thursday to see first hand exactly how bad the water is.
“It’s absolutely terrible,” Cllr McMahon told the Democrat. “Not only is the water discoloured but you can see the flakes of lime in it. People here are really upset at this stage and worried about how it might be affecting their health. They’re tired of getting nowhere and want action now.
“There’s a huge cost attached to this as well,” Cllr. McMahon added. “Residents are having go down to the shops and purchase water.
“In addition, with such heavy lime, it’s destroying dishwashers, washing machines, kettles, showerheads and water pipes. Electrical equipment gets clogged up with lime and only lasts 6-12 months.
“It’s unacceptable that this is ongoing on for over twenty years. When you consider that people are now going to be paid for their water, it makes the whole situation even worse. Now they’re going to be asked to pay a €250 levy for water. As consumers, no different from anyone who buys something in a shop, their entitled to a quality service and a quality product.”
A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said that the water in the areas is “fit for human consumption”.