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We were delighted to welcome local politician Paudie
Coffey to the school to speak to sixth class and Green School committee about
water. Cllr Coffey gave a very interesting talk to the pupils and a Question
& Answer session followed. below are some of the questions which Cllr.
Butler questioned Cllr. Coffey on the alleged connection that an overdose of
fluoride can cause the disease Alzheimers.
He replied ‘There is no
scientific proof that too much fluoride can cause the disease Alzheimers. We are
still cutting down on the amount of fluoride we put into to the water.’
commercial and domestic users pay water rates?
Commercial users pay
water rates but domestic users don’t.
did the government stop people paying for water in 1997?
is our schools source of water?
Coffey decided to ask us where we thought it
was. We thought it was in Ballyshunnock.Then Cllr. Coffey stated that we got our
water from bore wells in Ballycahane which is about two miles above Portlaw.
that source supply any other places?
bore wells in Ballycahane only supply the town of Portlaw.
does Waterford city get its water supply?
city gets its water supply from the River Clodaigh in Portlaw.
areas does Ballyshunnock reservoir supply?
Reservoir supplies Kill, Ballyduff (lower), Kilmacthomas and all around that
big is Ballyshunnock reservoir?
Ballyshunnock reservoir covers
the Portlaw water scheme need updating?
the water scheme does need updating. Most pipes are substandard.
does the County Council know where the water is under the ground?
relation to the past news paper article you referred to the hazardous waste on
the contaminated tannery site, what would you say about this?
Then Cllr Coffey said “The
tannery was there for 50 years, the rules weren’t as strict as they are now.
When the business closed down the owners threw all the chemical waste into the
Mill Pond. They then let the chemicals seep into the ground and now some of the
chemicals are going into our water.”
would you take chemicals out of the ground?
To take the chemicals out of the
ground you would have to hire specialized people from America to dig them out.
come the government doesn’t give you money to take away the chemicals?