22% of asbestos water pipes are in Cork

There are more than 5,100 kilometres of asbestos water pipes in Ireland.

22% of them are in Cork – which is nearly double the amount in greater Dublin.

The substance can cause cancer if inhaled, but Irish Water says not if you consume it through drinking-water.  

Environmental consultant Jack O’Sullivan is calling for the utility to make sure the asbestos pipes are in good order.

"Those asbestos pipes to my understating are 50-70 years old, and that's a long age.

"The most important thing Irish Water should do, and do quite quickly, is carry out a risk assessment of the structural integrity of those pipes."

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