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Water waste drops by 10% in Limerick after works

Water waste in the city has fallen, thanks to the replacement of lead piping among other things

Water waste in the city has fallen, thanks to the replacement of lead piping among other things

  • by Nick Rabbitts
 

THE amount of water being wasted in Limerick has fallen by 10% over the last 18 months, new figures have shown.

In his last transport and infrastructure committee meeting, the now retired engineer John O’Shaughnessy told councillors that now 49% of the water supply was unaccounted for.

This is a fall from 59%, a figure which prompted the major modernisation of pipes across the city, from the Victorian lead standards previously in place.

Labour’s northside councillor Tom Shortt says compared to Dublin - where water rationing was in place for a period - Limerick is doing the right thing.

“It shows we are making progress in the right direction. We are getting to see the old system whipped out and modern ones being put in,” he told the meeting.”

From January 1 next, Irish Water will take over the maintenance of Limerick’s water supply.

For the second meeting in a row, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan sought answers from city manager Conn Murray as to whether City Council would get any compensation from Irish Water when it hands over the infrastructure.

Mr Murray said there is no compensation likely to be paid. But he could not confirm that as the service level agreement was still under negotiation with the firm.

 

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