The provision of a newly sourced public water supply for large swathes of County Kildare is necessary because the demand is steadily increasing here and in the greater Dublin area (GDA).
Irish Water says that the need to ensure an adequate supply of treated water now and into the future is being driven by the requirement to cater for population growth and economic development.
Nuala Hansard, a representative of the utility company, said that water from the River Barrow is critical to ensuring of supply and to having a reliable source that can adapt and respond to change.
Ms Hansard was responding to claims from local politicians who say that plans to alter the water supply will be attacked because of ‘hardness’ fears.
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