The national metering programme estimates that the leakage of water from the public supply across Co Leitrim is in the region of 44%.
The figures, released last week by Irish Water reveal that the leakage from the network remains a serious problem for the county.
Irish Water says that it remains committed to addressing leakage issues. Figures released to the end of March this year, show that 129 householders in Co Leitrim have benefited from Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme. As the utility responsible for the country’s water and waste water management urges more householders to avail of the free service.
Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme launched in early 2015 across all metering regions. To the end of March, 75,974 properties were identified nationally with customer side leaks, 858 of which have been found in Leitrim.
Under the First Fix Free scheme Irish Water notifies customers where suspected leakage is occurring within the boundary of the property outside the home and offer a free leak investigation and repair if appropriate. The vast majority of leaks are underground so go unnoticed and undetected.
To avail of the scheme, customers must have a confirmed leak on their external supply pipe; have water meter installed on their property (so the leak can be verified); and have a working and accessible inside stop valve.
Irish Water’s Water Conservation Strategy Specialist Kate Gannon encouraged people to take advantage of the scheme,
“858 households in Leitrim will have already received a letter indicating a potential leak on their property and these householders should contact Irish Water, if they haven’t done so already, to request a free leak investigation. We will then issue them with a First Fix Repair Scheme offer detailing the terms and conditions of the repair,” she said.
“This really is a great opportunity to potentially avail of a free fix and I am urging any customers who have received a letter, or who may be aware of a leak within their property boundary outside of their home, to get in touch with Irish Water on LoCall 1850 278 278 or through our website water.ie,” she said in conclusion.