Three thousand calls made during water shortage

Up to three thousand calls were made during a six day period to an emergency South Tipperary County Council call line set up in response to the water losses and problems associated with the difficult weather conditions throughout the area.

Up to three thousand calls were made during a six day period to an emergency South Tipperary County Council call line set up in response to the water losses and problems associated with the difficult weather conditions throughout the area.

Members of South Tipperary Council were told on Monday that a total of eighty three people were involved in the delivery of repair services during that six day emergency response period from Christmas Eve.

Director of Services Sean Keating told the meeting that the Minister has indicated that the costs of the response would be covered. No final figure for the costs of the response in South Tipperary was available yet.

The meeting was told that three or four people dealt with 3,000 calls in the six day period. Most of the problems related to frozen pipes on the consumer side which was a problem the Council could do nothing about.

Mr Keating said that during the freeze the council was producing 125% of the normal volume which was due to people leaving on taps at night. There were 31 leaks on the public mains and a total of 645 individual leaks.

"Leaving on water at night shold be should be discouraged because it leads to water restrictions," said Mr Keating.

Members of the council paid tribute to all of the outdoor and indoor staff who were involved in the operation of the emergency response to the weather over the holiday period. They said the staff was to be commended on going out in all weather during the holiday and working in very extreme and trying conditions.

Cllr. Denis Landy said a lot of the problems arose because the pipes were not laid low enough in the ground by developers who built housing estates. Those houses were hit first because the pipes were not low enough in the ground and requlations should be brought in to deal with this.