Irish Water claims that Limerick pipe treatment chemical is safe

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “WHAT we are proposing to do is safe”.That was the message from Irish Water to local councillors this week when the company explained its plans to run a pilot orthophosphate treatment programme in Limerick.Irish Water officials briefed public representatives this Monday on their plans to reduce lead levels in the city’s drinking water supply. A proposed pilot programme in partnership with the Council, will see an orthophosphate treatment plant added at Limerick City Water Treatment Plant.The programme has the approval of the Health Service Authority (HSE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).According to Irish Water, orthophosphate is a food grade product, normally used in the food and beverage industry, and is safe for human consumption. They claim there is 500 times more phosphorus in a glass of milk than there is in a glass of water that has had the chemical added to it.Irish Water also makes out that the average person takes in between 1,000 and 2,000 milligrammes of phosphorus daily, and the amount which would relate to water treated with orthophosphate would be three milligrammes.Head of asset management at Irish Water, Jerry Grant, maintains that orthophosphate treatment addresses the public health objective in reducing the level of lead dissolved into water passing through lead pipework.“By doing so, it’s possible to reduce lead consumptions levels in a safe way and I would like to reassure people in Limerick that what we are proposing to do is safe. This is not a new method of reducing lead levels. It is, in fact, already being done in many countries for many years,” Mr Grant explained.“One other key element of this pilot programme is to study the environmental effect of its introduction in Ireland. Our expectation, based on the experience in other countries, is that orthophosphate treatment will continue as a mitigation measure for as long as lead pipes remain in properties.“Limerick was chosen as the pilot project because of the high level of properties with lead service pipes and also because the waste water is not discharged into an inland fresh water river or waterway”, he said. Previous articleInformation evening on proposed N21 Adare Western Approach Improvement SchemeNext articleMayor welcomes international students to LIT Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsIrish Water claims that Limerick pipe treatment chemical is safeBy Alan Jacques – September 11, 2015 822 Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA)Health Service Authority (HSE)Irish Waterlimerick Email Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Jobs saved as Sunfresh sells

first_imgJobs at Sunfresh Bakers are safe, after bosses bought the business out of administration.Directors Stephen and Mark Taylor bought its assets and goodwill, safeguarding 140 jobs, and will now trade as Taylors the Bakers. The Ashton-under-Lyne firm in Lancashire, which makes oven-bottom muffins, went into administration at the end of last month and insolvency firm MCR was tasked with finding a buyer.A spokeswoman for Taylors the Bakers said it had worked hard to secure the continuity of supply from suppliers and that it had the support of its major supermarket clients, who wanted to continue to buy the “quality of product and service synonymous with Sunfresh Bakers”.She added: “We are proud to have saved 140 jobs and this strong dedicated workforce are relieved that all the speculation about jobs and the future of the business is over and for them now it’s business as usual.”The company had to make 30 workers redundant earlier this year due to a downturn in trade.Sunfresh Bakers’ most recent accounts in November 2008, filed at Companies House, showed a pre-tax loss of £365,337 and net liabilities of more than £200,000.last_img read more

Transforming Sportech appoints Richard McGuire as Group CEO

first_img Related Articles UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Richard McGuire – Sportech PlcSportech Plc continues its governance and leadership restructure, confirming that Interim Group Executive Chairman Richard McGuire has accepted the position of Group Chief Executive on a permanent basis.McGuire has led the London-listed wagering and racing systems supplier since November 2018, following the departure of former incumbent Andrew Gaughan as Group CEO.This May, McGuire presented Sportech’s AGM update, detailing to investors that a new executive team would lead a corporate transformation programme focused on developing US prospects and improving operational efficiencies.Supporting McGuire’s appointment, Sportech governance confirms that corporate advisor Giles Vardey is set to become Non-Executive Chairman of the group.A corporate finance specialist, Vardey has served as a Sportech governance advisor since 2017, supporting the firm’s US market directives.Last week, Sportech governance announced a series of B2B focused leadership changes, absorbing the enterprise founding team of recently acquired iLottery games developer LOT.TO.The update would see LOT.TO CEO and Co-founder Andrew Lindley take charge of Sportech operations as new Group COO.Boosting its commercial capacities, Sportech would further confirm the appointment of LOT.TO co-founder Julian Bewley as new Group Commercial Officer leading the firm’s B2B disciplines.Closing its trading update, Sportech confirms that independent non-executive director Chris Rigg will lead the firm’s ‘Audit Committee’, with Giles Vardey continuing to act as chair of the ‘Remuneration and Nomination Committees’.last_img read more