It has emerged today that the wretched utility has ruled out informing customers directly if there is a problem with their water supply, even if the company is aware of heavy chemical contamination in certain areas of the country.
Irish Water chooses to do an ‘awareness’ campaign instead.
Trihalomethanes (THMs) are chemical compounds commonly used in solvents and coolant fluids, and it is now known that these poisons have been present in certain water supply areas for years.
These compounds are formed as a by-product when chlorine is used to disinfect water, and have been associated with ill health effects on the human population drinking water polluted by THMs.
Some of the effects associated with long-term exposure to THMs are certain types of cancers, such as bladder and colon, miscarriages, birth defects, and low birth rates. Also, they may cause damage to the heart, lungs, liver, kidney, and central nervous system.
Water supplies most affected are around Kerry and Cork, Kilkenny City, Waterford, Wicklow, Meath, Mayo, Roscommon, Donegal, and Galway.
Irish Water says that when ‘safe’ THM levels are exceeded, it passes the data to the HSE and requests a course of action to take.
However, the company will not inform individual customers that their water is polluted. It simply keeps sending bills expecting them to pay for foul water.