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5,000 people without water in north Kerry after landslide

Up to 5,000 people in North Kerry have limited water supplies today following a landslide of elevated blanket bog in the Stacks Mountains at the weekend which polluted water courses. The landslide reached over two kilometres in length and up to 55m wide place with mud seeping into north Kerry's most important water sources and the rivers Smearlagh and Feale. ...The Stacks area has been designated for wind farm development and locals had claimed there was a risk of landslides in objections to a wind farm which is under construction.

Charlie Taylor and Anne Lucey


Up to 5,000 people in North Kerry have limited water supplies today following a landslide of elevated blanket bog in the Stacks Mountains at the weekend which polluted water courses.

The landslide reached over two kilometres in length and up to 55m wide place with mud seeping into north Kerry's most important water sources and the rivers Smearlagh and Feale.

Boil-water notices were issued to nearly 30,000 people in areas of north Kerry including Listowel, Tarbert and Ballybunion yesterday following the landslide.

Kerry County Council cut off supplies to the reservoirs supplying these areas after the rivers from which they source their water turned brown.

The council said this morning that the Dromin water supply from the River Feale, which serves around 20,000 people, is now operating again as normal.

"The Smearlagh river source, which serves between 3,000 and 5,000 people is close to the source of the landslide so that remains shut down at the moment and is currently being checked for high levels of peat etc. We've been working off the reservoir but that's almost empty now so locals won't have much water today," said Padraig Corkery,... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Charlie Taylor and Anne Lucey


Up to 5,000 people in North Kerry have limited water supplies today following a landslide of elevated blanket bog in the Stacks Mountains at the weekend which polluted water courses.

The landslide reached over two kilometres in length and up to 55m wide place with mud seeping into north Kerry's most important water sources and the rivers Smearlagh and Feale.

Boil-water notices were issued to nearly 30,000 people in areas of north Kerry including Listowel, Tarbert and Ballybunion yesterday following the landslide.

Kerry County Council cut off supplies to the reservoirs supplying these areas after the rivers from which they source their water turned brown.

The council said this morning that the Dromin water supply from the River Feale, which serves around 20,000 people, is now operating again as normal.

"The Smearlagh river source, which serves between 3,000 and 5,000 people is close to the source of the landslide so that remains shut down at the moment and is currently being checked for high levels of peat etc. We've been working off the reservoir but that's almost empty now so locals won't have much water today," said Padraig Corkery, communications officer with Kerry County Council.

"The Dromin water supply from the river Feale is 10 miles further downstream from the landslide and is much bigger so more dilution has occurred. We've been able to take water from there and treat it there so that people can use it as normal," he added.

The Stacks area has been designated for wind farm development and locals had claimed there was a risk of landslides in objections to a wind farm which is under construction.

 


Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/n...

AUG 25 2008
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