Funding has been approved to fix a long-standing problem with the water supply in an exclusive Stoneyford estate.
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan yesterday approved funding of €120,000 to connect the system to the public water supply. Residents of Chapel View in Stoneyford had maintained that the water service for their homes was inadequate and not fit for human consumption – a charge denied by the developer and Kilkenny County Council.
The occupants of the 36 homes said that they had bought their homes on the understanding they would have their own private water supply. They had serious concerns that a proper water treatment system, such as ultra violet disinfection and chlorination were not in operation. They said they were being forced to buy bottled water for consumption.
The public water supply in Stoneyford is already over capacity, and director of water services for Kilkenny County Council John McCormack said last year that the funding was not available to upgrade services in the area.
However, Minister Hogan has now said that the system will be connected to the public water supply.