THIRTY business owners across Limerick face having their water supply cut off as the council clamps down on non-payment of rates.
The local authority says it is chasing up individual debts of between €2,277 and €67,885, some dating back as far as 2008.
In total, the council is owed €6.5m in unpaid water rates.
The majority of businesses - 13 - are based in the electoral area of Limerick City East.
This is a vast area which stretches from Garryowen close to the centre to Montpelier, and includes Castleconnell and Castletroy.
Twelve businesses are based in Limerick City West, again another vast constituency, covering the city centre, Raheen, Dooradoyle and Patrickswell.
Just one business hails from the northside, while the figures released by City and County Council show three firms in the Newcastle West electoral area are facing cut-off, alongside one each in the Adare and Rathkeale electoral areas respectively.
Due to data protection legislation, the council was unable to give a further geographical breakdown.
A spokesperson for the council’s finance section said cutting business-owners off was a last resort.
“The businesses which face disconnection in the coming weeks have not paid outstanding bills or adhered to a payment arrangement to clear the liability. Having endeavoured to get engagement from the businesses concerned, Limerick City and County Council must now take this action in order to ensure the continued provision of services throughout Limerick,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesman added the authority “regrets” cutting businesses off, but will continue to do so if monies are not paid.
“Non-payment is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated,” they added.
The council encouraged business owners struggling with arrears to contact them to discuss a payment plan at 061-407100.
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