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Residents campaign for better water services

Monday, 27th January, 2014 11:01am

Residents campaign for better water services

A glass of tap water from a home in Ashewood, Ashbourne.

With water charges due in the coming year, residents in Ashbourne are fighting back against poor quality water in the town.

At a public meeting last week, residents launched a petition which demands improved water quality and supply in Ashbourne.

Campaign organiser Tracey Metcalfe says interest in the campaign is widespread across the town, where discolouration, limescale and reduced supply have caused problems over the last few years.

"The main objective of this campaign is to get a written commitment from Irish Water that the quality and supply of the water will improve in Ashbourne, as well as a time frame or plan for these improvements," said Metcalfe.

After the meeting last week, a Facebook group 'Ashbourne Says No to Water Charges' was launched and another Public meeting is being planned for next month. 

The petition has been distributed to a number of businesses in the town, and concerned residents are asked to sign it. Volunteers are also canvassing some of the worst affected housing estates in the town to gather signatures.

Campaigners say they will be sending samples of the water from Ashbourne for testing in the coming weeks. They have also written to all local politicians to request assistance and advice.

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