IRISH Water has been criticised for its treatment of residents and businesses in Moyross and Ballynanty where water is being cut off regularly with no prior notice or explanation.
That’s the view of Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan who says it almost feels like a daily occurrence for many people.
“These breaks in supply are having an incredibly disruptive effect on people who get up for work in the morning but then find they can’t shower, parents who are trying to get their children ready for school, and older and vulnerable people who need a guaranteed supply of water for medical and other needs,” Deputy Quinlivan explained.
“These outages started as a trickle, but have now become a constant occurrence in the area, and are a source of huge frustration to many people. People in the areas are very patient and clearly understand that when water is off due to pipes breaks and emergencies but to get no notice for planned works is totally disrespectful.”
According to Deputy Quinlivan, residents and businesses in Moyross and Ballynanty are left in the dark and are being treated with total disregard by Irish Water.
“They deserve better,” he declared.
“I have been in contact with the utility company seeking more information as to why there are so many breaks in supply an how many outage there have been in the Moyross and Ballynanty area but to date I haven’t had a response. I’m asking Irish Water to ensure in future that they provide more information to residents and businesses before any planned outages. Unfortunately they have been less than helpful to date.
“It’s completely unacceptable and Irish Water need to take responsibly for this,” he said.
Contacted by the Limerick Post, a spokesman for the national water utility explained that it has been carrying out leak detection and repair work in the Moyross area in recent months in order to provide a more secure and reliable water supply for local residents and businesses.
“This is part of the national leakage reduction programme, which is targeting the areas where large amounts of water are being lost to leakage, leading to supply and quality issues for local communities,” he said.
“Having identified the most critical areas Irish Water, in partnership with Limerick City and County Council and our contractors Shareridge, are now working to fix these leaks by replacing or repairing old pipes and carrying out improvement to the water network. While this essential work is taking place some customers may experience short term outages or loss of pressure. Generally, however, water supply should return quickly. If customers in the area have any concerns or queries, they should contact 1850 278 278.”