87 million litres of water escaping from one leaking pipe 29/04/15 : the chronicle.ie

87 million litres of water escaping from one leaking pipe 29/04/15

| April 29, 2015

Shocking evidence of the scale of water being lost through leaks in the mains pipeline has emerged with the discovery that a break in Wexford town which has been a problem for several years is losing up to 10,000 litres of water per hour. That’s a staggering 87 million litres of water wasted from a single leak every year.

Meanwhile, a leak in Gorey which remained unattended for two weeks recently resulted in a quarter of the water being supplied to the town leaking away.

These shocking revelations emerged just as the first domestic water bills started to arrive in homes around the county.

The leak in Wexford town was highlighted as a result of low pressure in the water system which hindered the efforts of the fire brigade to deal with house fire in the area recently. The faulty main is at Maudlintown. Wexford Borough District Mayor, George Lawlor, highlighted the problem at a meeting of the Wexford Borough District Council.

His Labour party colleague, Robbie Ireton, was highly critical of the length of time it took to deal with a major fault in Gorey which saw one quarter of the water being supplied to the town leaking away every day for two weeks

Separately it has emerged that a water leak in a gated development in Courtown has gone unfixed because Irish water cannot reach agreement with various parties over who should pay for the work.

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