CALL FOR ACTION ON FERMOY WATER SUPPLIES
Following consistent problems with the water supply in the Fermoy electoral area, Cllr Frank O’Flynn has called for action to be taken to ensure that the issue is rectified for once and for all. At this week’s Northern committee meeting for Fermoy/Mallow, Cllr O’Flynn spoke about the hardship people suffered over the Christmas period due to the shortages in water.
“A lot of families suffered, many with young children were without water for over 3 weeks. Water is a basic essential and, in this day and age, this isn’t acceptable. These people are paying their rent every month and they have suffered enough already. I am calling on Cork County Council to quantify the cost involved and to put in place a planned programme to rectify these issues.”
Cllr O’Flynn continued by asking why these supplies were not working and added that the new Metrix metre boxing units gave a lot of trouble in addition to the poor quality of the stopcocks.
A report was distributed to the councillors detailing the areas that needed to be addressed.
In Fermoy €0.5m is required to develop an additional source at Cregg and €200k is needed to install a new pump to supply the high level tower at Uplands. A detailed survey is to be undertaken shortly at Baile Ard. Cllr Noel McCarthy commented that residents in this area had plenty of water and all of a sudden it was shut off without any notification.
“Communication should have been forthcoming although it has improved a lot since 2009. Again, in December, there was no local emergency number for people and this isn’t good enough. A phone number is vital for Mitchelstown and Fermoy.”
An investment of €1m is required for a new reservoir and water mains in Conna village, as 1km of the existing old cast iron is rust encrusted.
“This has to be done straight away,” Cllr Noel McCarthy stated.
“With an upcoming election these topics must be highlighted. These are bread and butter issues and water is your most basic necessity.”
An investment of €1m is required due to the pipe sizes being insufficient in the Ballyhooly rural area, north east and west of the village.
An investment of €400k is required to replace inadequately sized water mains which are more than 60 years old and prone to breaking.
Thursday 20th January 5:29pm