Thursday, December 23, 2010

City Council Must Act on Water Shortages-O'Brien

City Council Must Act on Water Shortages

Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan O'Brien has called on the City Council to act immediately to alleviate the problems with water supply in the city before the situation becomes a crisis.

Cllr O'Brien said:

"In the past two days I have received literally dozens of phone calls from people who do not have water, due either to frozen pipes and stopcocks or to problems with the water supply."

"Other councillors are reporting a similar volume of calls. Altogether, there are hundreds of people experiencing problems, particularly in the Northside of the city."

"City Council's response to the problem to date has been non-existent. Phone calls to local council depots and to City Hall are not being answered. There is no advice on the council's website for people who find themselves with frozen pipes. Council offices are due to close from tomorrow, potentially leaving hundreds of people without water for Christmas."

"The council should make available the free phone number it has in reserve for emergencies, so people are who phone City Hall are not meet with just a mailbox. A simple list of "Dos and Don’ts" for dealing with frozen pipes and stopcocks should be issued and placed on the council's website. And the local authority should consider supplying tanked water to the worst affected areas, as it did after last year's floods."

"It is time City Hall got its act together and started dealing with the situation before its gets worse."

For further information or comment contact Cllr Jonathan O'Brien @ 085-2133907

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