A local County Councillor has said that the issue of poor water quality will have to be a major issue for the newly elected council following more protests in Wexford town last week. Cllr Mick Roche, who has campaigned for a major revamp of the Fardystown Water Scheme, said that the Council had to stand together and demand that funding be made available from Central Government to rectify the situation.
"There is an onus on the County Council to stand together for the benefit of the people of the county like never before," Cllr Roche said, "Its well known that this government has slashed funding to local government in an attempt to force councillors to agree to draconian tax measures like maintaining the maximum property tax payments and supporting water charges or risk seeing local services come to a standstill."
"We need to stand united and ensure that funding is made available from central government to fund vital projects like the much needed cleansing and adding of softening facilities to the fardsytown water scheme. Its beyond belief that our government would expect people to pay a tax for the putrid water coming through their taps. Time and again we have seen the pictures of the filthy water arriving in people's homes but yet no definitive action has been taken."
"Last week people in Whiterock were out protesting against the installation of water meters. Last month it was the people of Hazelwood in Bridgetown. Both of these areas are serviced by the fardystown scheme and the people living there know all about the poor water quality coming from the mayglass tower. We can't sit back on this anymore. The Council has to take a rigid stand on this now."