Dáil Éireann - Volume 662 - 30 September, 2008
Written Answers. - Water Quality.
Deputy Mary Upton Deputy Mary Upton
Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children her views on findings by the Health Service Executive that water in parts of Galway is unsuitable for consumption; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32179/08]
Deputy Mary Harney Deputy Mary Harney
 Deputy Mary Harney: Following a recent tap water survey in Galway City elevated levels of lead were found in a number of houses. I am advised by the Health Service Executive that, from a public health perspective, the risk to those affected from raised water lead levels depends on a number of factors, including the duration of exposure, the level of exposure, age and other characteristics which affect the individual’s absorption of lead.
The HSE advised residents in households where elevated lead levels in tap water have been recorded to have their blood lead levels checked. The HSE received results of blood lead levels in respect of the 35 people tested yesterday evening and I have been advised that, as the test results are within the normal range, none of those tested have any evidence of lead toxicity. A programme of work has been agreed between Galway City Council, the HSE and the Environmental Protection Agency including the adjustment of the pH of the water, so as to reduce the interaction between the water and the lead pipes over the coming weeks, and the carrying out of the necessary works to replace the lead pipe distribution network thereafter.
Dáil Éireann 662 Written Answers. Water Quality.