1% of households used 25% of water consumption in 2016

Discussion in 'Letting Off Steam' started by Brendan Burgess, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Brendan Burgess

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    I am astonished by this report from the CSO on Sunday which seems to have got very little coverage, apart from a piece on Newstalk Breakfast this morning. I suspect that the CSO is deliberately keeping it below the radar as they don't want to get burnt by water.

    Domestic Metered Public Water Consumption

    "Around 75% of annual total water consumption by domestic metered customers was accounted for by 99.1% of customers, using a consumption threshold of 1,000 litres per meter per day (see Table 2). The converse of this is that 0.9% of customers used 25% of metered water consumption in 2016."
     
  2. Leo

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    This got a very brief mention during the drought earlier this year as well, with Irish Water noting they had identified properties with significant leaks but in many cases the owners had refused to engage, even though such leaks are likely to be causing significant damage.
     
  3. Brendan Burgess

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    Hi Leo

    Someone else told me that Irish Water took 4 months to fix a leak after they notified them.

    I would say it works both ways.

    Brendan
     
  4. Leo

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    I've no doubt that it does, but they have a limited budget to fix leaks on private property and prioritise the worst cases. Leaks amounting to 40 million litres have been fixed over the last two years.

    In reality, these people should be fixing their own leaks, and Irish Water should be focusing whatever resources they have on leaks within their own infrastructure.
     
  5. Ceist Beag

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    I'm sure if billing based on usage was in place these people would have their own leaks fixed pretty quickly! Unfortunately the discussion on billing based on usage won't be taken up by any politician again any time soon.
     
  6. Firefly

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    I would be interested to know whether those that have used such high volumes of water come from areas which vehemently opposed the introduction of water charges or not..
     
  7. Leo

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    It's funny to see Irish Water carrying out work in areas of D12 at the moment 'to replace aging pipes that contain lead that may pose a health risk', where they are really going about installing water meters in some of the areas they didn't dare enter at the height of the protests.
     
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