RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks Advertisement Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Email WhatsApp Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April TAGSfeaturedIrish Waterleadorthophosphatepilot schemepipes by Bernie [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK has been chosen as the trial site for Irish Water to use a chemical to reduce the amount of lead leaking into the city’s supply of drinking water.Many homes, particularly those built up until the 1970’s, are getting their water supply through lead pipes which can lead to health concerns if it gets into drinking water.Irish Water now plans to treat the Limerick water supply with orthophosphate, a chemical used in the UK and Northern Ireland to dramatically reduce the levels of lead in water.However it is classified as a phosphate and can cause problems in fresh water and lakes but because Limerick is on an estuary, Irish Water say it is safe to add it to the city water supply.A spokeswoman for the company told the Limerick Post that the city had been chosen for the pilot project because of “environmental concerns.Phosphates can cause algal bloom which in turn can be very detrimental to a natural water environment. But the Shannon Estuary, being tidal, is much less likely to be affected, the spokeswoman explained.Orthophosphate works by coating the insides of the pipes and sealing off the lead but the spokeswoman said that, in the long run, the ideal option is replacement of the pipes.“When we install meters and find a lead pipe, we can advise the householder that they may also have lead pipes carrying water into their home. Irish Water will replace the pipes where they are on public property but it will be up to the householder to replace those on their private property,” she explained.The company has estimated 200,000 homes across the country may have lead plumbing and contaminated water carries serious health risks.She added that “the chemical, which is widely used elsewhere, is perfectly safe in the water supply for people”.It’s understood that the pilot scheme in Limerick could start in a matter of weeks but it will be a year or more before a decision is made on a national scheme.The proposal has just come through the public consultation process and will have to be approved by the energy regulator. The Limerick scheme will then be subject to an environmental study. NewsBreaking newsLocal NewsLimerick key for Irish water chemical trialBy Bernie English – August 16, 2015 878 Print Linkedin Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleFashion retail blowNext articleFormer Limerick dancehall destroyed in blaze Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos
Banksia Ave had interest from buyers nationally, as well as locals, and eight registered to bid on the day.The auction started with a relatively low bid of $1.35 million but that was quickly countered with by $1.65 million bid from another party. Bidding then began to really heat up.These two buying groups bid against each other in a mixture of small and large bids. The property was announced on the market around $1.9 million and bidding continued to escalate up and over $2 milliob before finally settling and selling for $2.01 million.With the auction as hot as the climate and the hundred plus crowd all cheering the outcome, I reflected on the new energy around these homes and I genuinely hope this is a sign of things to come. Haesley Cush is a licensed real estate agent and auctioneer based in Brisbane. Ray White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush. (AAP image, John Gass)It was already 30 degrees and rising when I jumped out of the car to auction a beautifully presented home in ‘The Avenues’ of Ashgrove.A huge crowd was gathering at 34 Banksia Ave to watch the battle to buy this amazing family home with a seperate granny flat, swimming pool and dual street frontages. 34 Banksia Ave Ashgrove sold for $2.01 millionInterest in the Brisbane market has been building over the last couple of months and much of this hype is coming from the value that our real estate represents compared to Sydney and Melbourne. These interstate buyers are pushing local buyers to pay more appropriate prices for properties that have sat in an unfair flat spot in the market. I’m referring specifically to homes that have been renMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago ovated and are ready for owners to immediately enjoy. These homes have been selling for less than replacement costs for the most part of the last five years, and it makes no sense that locals are trying to hold these prices down. But things are starting to change.