Irish Water receive complaints of 'foul tasting' water in Dublin

Sources allege the hated utility built a temporary car park near an existing reservoir.

Bungling Irish Water is at the centre of a fresh dispute over foul-tasting supply in the capital, it has emerged.

Sources allege the hated utility built a temporary car park near an existing reservoir, which is now affecting the quality of drinking water in Ballyboden, South Dublin - informed dublinlive.

The claims come a week after the Irish Mirror revealed the firm prolonged the drought in Drogheda and parts of Louth and Meath by ignoring council workers who could have fixed the problem.

A source in Dublin city council said: “In Ballyboden, Irish Water were given warnings about building too close to the existing reservoir, which they ignored.

“Now we have multiple complaints of foul-tasting water.

“This is due to two things – chemical run-off from Irish Water’s new temporary car park, which is right next to the water, and someone being careless with topsoil and chemicals.”

Irish Water said the site is an uncovered treated water reservoir and a project is under way to deliver a covered one by next year.

The spokesman added: “The sampling results indicate the presence of very low levels of an organic compound called geosmin.

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“It can result in some people detecting a slightly earthy taste or odour from their drinking water.

“The HSE have been consulted on this issue and measures are in place to address it.”

Sinn Fein Drogheda TD Imelda Munster said: “This vindicates concerns I raised last week and again questions Irish Water’s ability to deliver our water services.”

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