Roscommon is well above the national average when it comes to water leakages with rates as high as 65% across the county and the First Fix Leak Repair scheme still has a long way to go to remedy the situation- that’s according to Fianna Fail Deputy for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy.
Figures recently released showed that to the end of March this year 266 householders in Roscommon benefited from Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme and Deputy Murphy has urge more householders to avail of the free service.
Irish Water’s First Fix Free scheme launched in early 2015 across all metering regions in Roscommon and throughout the country. To the end of March, 75,974 properties were identified with customer side leaks, 1,942 of which have been found in Roscommon.
“Water leakage levels are extremely high in County Roscommon at 65%. I understand that 266 homes in Roscommon and 270 in Galway benefited from the Irish Water First Fix Leak Repair scheme which is a welcome start however, the water loss due to old or leaking pipes was estimated at 47% nationally but that figure is much higher in County Roscommon at 65% and at 48% in Galway and this is causing huge problems. Over 1,942 leaks were detected in Roscommon and 2,826 were detected in Galway so there is still a considerable amount of work to do and a long way to go to fix the problems with leaking pipes,” said Eugene Murphy.
“I understand that 1,942 of households in Roscommon have already received a letter indicating a potential leak on their property and I would urge these householders to contact Irish Water , to request a free leak investigation. The First Fix Repair Scheme offers an opportunity to potentially avail of a free fix. Some 603 people in Roscommon have already contacted the repair scheme,” said Deputy Murphy.
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More information about the First Fix Leak Repair Scheme for Domestic Water Customers is available at water.ie/water-supply/first-fix/