Business people in Drumlish have written to Longford County Council to raise their concerns and outline the issues that have arisen over the lack of water in the area over Christmas and the New Year.
The matter developed after the town was virtually left dry over the festive season because the local authority was forced to take stringent measures as supply exceeded demand and burst pipes brought on by the adverse weather wreaked havoc.
Cllr Martin Mulleady (FF) said that he was hopeful that the director of services at Longford County Council would meet with the business people in the coming weeks in an effort to address their concerns further. “The meeting was called in the first place because business people in the town were badly effected by water shortages,” explained Cllr Mulleady who added that among the many concerns raised was the matter of paying water rates for a service that the business community “no longer felt they were getting”.
Cllr Mulleady went on to say that there was a sense of anger among business people in Drumlish because Christmas and New Year were generally regarded as a very busy time of year for businesses on all fronts.
“This year, water was turned off by the council who did not even “provide adequate notice” to businesses about the fact that this was happening,” Cllr Mulleady claimed. “Business people want assurances that this will never happen again and while they have no problems paying for a service that is used, at the moment they feel that they should not be paying for a service that is not there to be used.”
Cllr Mulleady confirmed that representatives from Longford County Council were prepared to meet with business people in the north Longford village to discuss further, the matters raised.
Speaking to the Leader when the issue was first raised, Seamus Gallagher, Gallagher’s Bar Drumlish said that he was currently in the process of installing his own water system because of the difficulties he has experienced at his premises with water over the festive season. “I’m in the process now of installing a Rainwater System,” he said adding that he had one tank at the premises and that two necessary pumps had been ordered. “We can’t run a business without water and that is the bottom line. The lack of water caused terrible problems in the bar, especially with the toilets and I had to close a few of the nights because I had no water to operate the business.”