200,000 households in Ireland though to have harmful lead piping

IrishWater_Mark_Colour_2Around 200 thousand houses around the country are now thought to have lead piping carrying their water supply.

Irish Water says any building that pre-dates 1970 has a good chance of being affected.

The metal can cause health problems, particularly in children and pregnant women, and it's now expected a grant scheme will be rolled out to help low-income households meet the cost of replacing the pipes.

Irish Water spokesman Jerry Grant says they will replace the connection with the public supply if it is made of lead - but replacing domestic pipes is not up to them: