Concerns grow over lead piping in older houses

Lead piping poses a danger in older houses in Tipperary.
Removing most lead piping is the responsibility of the householder and not Irish Water, heard this month’s Tipperary County Council.

Removing most lead piping is the responsibility of the householder and not Irish Water, heard this month’s Tipperary County Council.

Cllr Jim Ryan said there were serious concerns about Victorian water infrastructure in Tipperary which contains lead piping, from the water mains to individual houses.

Cllr David Doran said there were particular concerns in Thurles regarding houses in the Loughtagalla area and Sean Treacy Avenue.

Cllr Denis Leahy said there is “quite a substantial amount of lead piping. Nobody wants to be alarmist. In the UK, they’ve used orthophosphates to create a ‘pipe within a pipe’.” While this was an expensive option, “is it possible to have a pilot project in one our towns,” asked Cllr Leahy. Director of Services Matt Shortt said some of the piping has been around since long before the 1960’s. “Orthophosphates are a short term solution, between the stopcock and the house.”

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.