Grant assistance is needed for householders struggling with the problems caused by hard water, when new water charges are introduced.
That’s the view of two local county councillors, whose own parties in Government are introducing the water charges.
At last week’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council, Cllrs John Brennan (FG) and Maurice Shortall (Labour) brought forward a notice of motion calling for a new grant scheme to be introduced to provide grant assistance to householders towards the cost of installing water softeners in their home. The motion was agreed.
“Take Ballyragget as a classic example, here the lime in the water supply is causing numerous problems,” said Cllr Shortall.
“Electrical appliances including kettles and showers have to be replaced on a regular basis. It is imperative to have a financial incentive in place to provide softeners before any consideration is given to charges in the future.
“In this day and age people should not have to buy bottled water where there is an adequate public supply.
Many public water supply schemes in County Kilkenny, including the south, supply hard water. Limescale often builds up on household appliances which then need to be replaced.
Water softeners range in price but can cost up to €1,000.
Cllr Andrew McGuinness (FF) said hard water affected some urban areas as well.
“It is not just a rural problem,” he said.
“I want to support this motion. We have a problem in some parts of the city too.”