Councillor queries why water supplies in the county are not tested for asbestos

Cllr for Kerry County Council Brendan Cronin (IND) Photo By : Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD ©

Independent Councillor Brendan Cronin brought a motion to the recent meeting of the Killarney Municipal District, asking how often public water supplies are tested for asbestos.

Councillor Cronin says he finds it concerning there are no tests for asbestos in Kerry public drinking water supplies.

In response, Water Services Engineer with Kerry County Council Colm Mangan says there’s no requirement to test for the material in drinking water supplies, as asbestosis is not caused through ingestion.

He referred to a 1994 World Health Organisation report, which detailed the dangers of working with asbestos.

Mr Mangan adds all asbestos water pipes are removed in one piece, wrapped and taken off site to be disposed.

Councillor Cronin says he’s often heard “water pressure will wear a stone”, and he’s asked Kerry County Council to write to Irish Water, seeking assurances on information regarding tests for asbestos.