The age-old question is: if there is a way to clean your water in the woods, but nobody knows that it is there, does it exist? This seems to be a very fitting question that both the water utilities and residents of Flint, Michigan are struggling with. Since the Flint water crisis of 2014 occurred media coverage of the issue has substantially fallen. Sadly, the danger of drinking tap water hasn’t, but it is on its way. What has changed is that the city has been great in offering bottled water, water filters, information on how to use them, change them, and even how to test your own water. Thing is, many residents of Flint haven’t been able to use these resources information.
This failure to connect shows that the water utilities of the world must establish a sustainable link between their citizens and themselves. To address this we are glad to announce that the City Water Project will be starting a campaign in Flint. We are excited to work together with people from the ‘vehicle city’ known for its resilience. To find out more visit our website and if you are a resident of Flint please help us by filling out our survey here.
When we go to a new city with the City Water Project, one of the first groups we try to make contact with is the local government: mainly to let them know that we will be working in their city, and also to ask for information and contacts with local interested groups. In our experience, the local government is not usually engaged at this stage; but the Galway City Council was very helpful and interested from the offset.
We asked for and were given an overview of the situation in Galway, at least as far as the city council was concerned. Galway City Council explained who was in charge of providing water (Irish Water), where it came from (mainly Lough Corrib), and how it was treated. They also gave us a contact with Irish Water.
So, we have no complaints about the local government in Galway. They seemed eager to help us and were clearly well aware that water quality was an issue in their city. However, in the next blog post, we’ll talk about trying to get into contact with Irish Water, and beginning to understand what the main issues with water quality in Galway are. Stay tuned!
Remember, if you live in Galway, please fill out our survey: and if you have any questions or comments, please email us.
By Ailish Lalor
For the months of April and May this year, the City Water Project is running a campaign in Galway. Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland and is the fourth most populated city in Ireland, containing many tourist attractions such as the Burren. However, it has also become famous, at least within Ireland, for its water problems.
In 2007, a cryptosporidium outbreak in Lough Corrib caused the public water supply in Galway city to become contaminated. Residents were told to boil water and many elected to purchase bottled water. The Irish Government, originally through Galway County Council and from 2014 onwards, Irish Water, attempted to improve the situation through investment and repairs of the system. Our mission is to see whether the citizens of Galway feel that enough has been done: in other words, do they feel they can trust the water coming through their taps?
In following blog posts we will be detailing our engagement with the local government, and with other interested groups. For now, if you have any questions, do email us: and if you’re a resident of Galway, please fill out our survey about your perception of water quality and usage!