Concerns over water hardness

Concerns over how Kildare householders will cope with a harder water supply have been raised by Cllr. Suzanne Doyle.

Concerns over how Kildare householders will cope with a harder water supply have been raised by Cllr. Suzanne Doyle.

She voiced her fears at the Kildare Area Committee meeting on June 19 in advance of a briefing last Monday, June 24.

Cllr. Doyle is concerned that when towns switch over to the Barrow Abstraction scheme, they will suffer the same problems experienced previously in Kildare and Rathangan. However, that will be alleviated by the new €3.5m Water Conditioning Plant, but it will take 70 weeks to build.

Cllr. Tony O’Donnell said any delays would create uncertainty over whether businesses and homeowners should buy water softners. Director of Services, Joe Boland gave assurances that work on the Conditioning Plant would commence in July.

Last Monday June 24, Kildare County Council said construction is due for completion in October/November 2014.

“Accordingly, in the intervening 70 week period, it is proposed to blend the Barrow supply with the softer Ballymore Eustace water at the Old Kilcullen reservoir. This will have the effect of reducing the level of hardness to more moderate levels. The main areas affected include Newbridge, Kildare Town, Kilcullen as well as parts of south-central and north-central Kildare.”

More detailed information can be found on www.kildarecountycouncil.ie From July 1, a dedicated line (045-980555) will be in place for queries.

The Council is advising there are no measures required at household level. It is, however, important to be aware increased hardness will result in deposits of limescale when the water is heated.

- Niamh O’Donoghue