Serious concerns raised about South Armagh drinking water quality

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Friday, October 10th, 2014
Sinn Féin Newry & Mourne Councillor Mickey Larkin has raised serious concerns about water quality in the Fairveiw Park and Shean Road Forkhill locality.

Cllr Mickey Larkin has concerns about the quality of water in Forkhill

The Councillor has also criticised the Water Service in relation to the flow of information to residents, elected representatives and Environmental Health Officials about the issue. “Ten days after a hand delivered letter to Fairview Park and Shean Road residents, tap water has still not been cleared for drinking and the only comments NIW have on the issue is that the iron levels are falling,” explained the Sinn Féin elected representative. “Newry & Mourne Environmental Health Service Officers were only contacted this morning after I had initially contacted the Water Service on behalf of residents. He added, “I have requested that water samples from the wider area are taken so that we can be content that the issue is confined.” Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon said that the Water Service had emailed Newry & Armagh MLA Offices to advise of the work to be carried out replacing the water main at Carrive. “There was no mention about a problem of iron in the water,” said the local MLA who concluded by stating that the Water Service were obliged to keep residents and elected representatives informed and updated on the issue.
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