Water demand in Longford exceeds supply by 50 percent

Demand for water is exceeding supply by as much as 50 percent in certain areas of the county, according to Longford County Council.

Demand for water is exceeding supply by as much as 50 percent in certain areas of the county, according to Longford County Council.

"This increased demand is being caused primarily by leaks in private property," said Gerry Gillen, Infrastructure and Environment, Longford Co Council.

"Typically many of these leaks are occurring in vacant houses, industrial and retail units, and on service pipes in private lands. Property owners are being urged to check for leaks and to report them to Longford County Council," he said.

"It is likely that restrictions will be in operation for at least a week.," Mr Gillen added. "The restrictions to be imposed will vary from place to place and are likely to include a mixture of pressure reductions and the turning off of supplies overnight in the worst affected areas."

Roads have also fallen victim to recent severe weather conditions with reports of potholes and other road damage on routes throughout the county.

"In most cases the reports relate to the occurrence of potholes. A very serious report was received with regard to a number of potholes on the N4 on the Longford side of Newtownforbes.

"The Council's Road Repair Crew carried out temporary repairs within a few hours and it is likely that more permanent pavement repairs will be completed in the coming days.

"In other areas it is likely that road surfaces will have been damaged and it will be necessary to carry out repairs and patching over the coming weeks. At this early stage it would not be possible to quantify what the cost of repairing damaged roads will be," said Mr Gillen.

Householders are being advised this week that bogus callers may use the water crisis in the county to gain access into their homes and to therefore exercise extreme vigilance in any such cases.

Longford County Council said that all its staff carry identification and that people should ask for it if they become suspicious.

"If doubts arise do not allow an unauthorised person into your home," the local authority said.

Longford County Council has asked that leaks on footpaths or at the roadside - no matter how big or small - be reported to it immediately. Phone (043) 3343300 during office hours or 1850 211525 at other times.