Please see below the recent response I have received from the Area Manager to the representations I have made on behalf of Killester residents by means of a council question tabled at the October meeting of Dublin North Central Area Committee.
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL
NORTH CENTRAL AREA COMMITTEE
18th October 2010
Q.25 Question in the name of Councillor Aodhán Ó’Riordáin
“To ask the manager to investigate the following matter (details supplied)”.
The ongoing water pressure problems in Abbeyfield, Killester Park, Middle Third, St Brigid’s and wider Killester area. To ask the manager if the water supply issues affecting these areas have been resolved and if the water pressure has been improved to a level where shortages should not happen in the future.
Water Services Division is unaware of “ongoing water pressure problems” in this area. If details of addresses, streets or areas currently experiencing difficulties are submitted to the Division then they will be investigated.
The water supply issues that affected this area in January were a combination of increased leakage due to the severe weather, increased demand due to householders running taps, increased demand due to hoarding of water and lack of treatment capacity.
Since January, local works have been carried out that will help to mitigate, to some degree, the impact on the area. Improved control on the bulk supply into the area allows the pressures to be more closely controlled and will help to provide a more flexible response should problems arise. The expansion of Ballymore Eustace will provide us with a small increase in production capacity which will help to reduce the impact if problems should arise again.
The fundamental problem of the very tight balance between supply and demand, while eased somewhat by the expansion works at Ballymore Eustace, still remains. It will be necessary to manage the situation carefully to ensure that there is a timely response to potential problems while the danger of over reaction is avoided.
Contact: Brian McKeown, Divisional Engineer - 2224319.