THE people of Bruff were left bemused this week after a sudden and strict warning was issued to local residents and businesses requesting them not to drink water from the main public supply.
Limerick County Council issued the instruction this Tuesday after higher than permitted levels of lead were detected in water supplies in some town centre premises.However, according to some concerned local residents, they have been given little information about the situation and the possible health implications."I got a notice through the door and I rang the helpline number given. The lady I spoke to, I felt sorry for her because she didn't know what to tell me. My concern is, how long has the lead been there, has it been going on for years and what is being done about it," asked John O'Riordan
of Main Street.The manager of Bruff Oriental Chinese Restaurant on the Main Street also said that he did not know about the details of the situation or what higher than permitted levels of lead in the water meant for his business.The Water Services Authority issued the notice, on the advice of the Health Services Executive (HSE), following consultation.The areas of the town affected by the notice are Main Street, from the Bake House to The Top Shop; and the Hospital Road, from Main Street to O'Leary's Coalyard.Council staff, who will be carrying appropriate ID, will be conducting further tests on the water in Bruff this week and the County Council is offering to test the water for any premises in the above affected area for traces of lead.Two helplines have been set up for the public - 061-496326(open 9.30 to 4.30) and 061-419226 (after hours).