06 Oct 2022

Carlow boasts one of the lowest levels of 'unaccounted for water' in the country

Unaccounted For Water down from 42% to 35%

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A total of 17,000m3 of drinking water is produced each day in Carlow

A total of 17,000m3 of drinking water is produced each day in Carlow across sixteen Water Treatment Plants, Carlow Live can reveal. 

This serves approximately 44,000 people, industry, services, and agriculture across the county. 

Meanwhile Carlow County Council is actively looking to reduce leakage by the maintenance of the District Metering System, night time pressure reduction system and active management of the network.

Two new staff commenced work on the "find and fix” programme in 2017 and night surveys are undertaken to minimise interruption to customers, a Water Services report for September explained. 

Savings realized in the past six months amounted to 500m3 per day which is greater than the yearly target of 400m3/day, the report states.

This has reduced the Unaccounted For Water UFW from 42% to 35%, which "puts Carlow among the best local authorities for UFW".

To date Carlow County Council have met all required targets set by Irish Water and the EPA and the HSE in respect of Drinking Water Compliance for Microbial, Chemical and Indicator parameters.

The drought period June-August put significant pressure on a number of schemes in Carlow with the Central Regional WSS (Raheenleigh WTP) and Bilboa WTP being the most severely affected.

A combination of assistance from the fire service and targeted leak detection and repairs ensured that there was minimum interruptions to customers water supply throughout this period.

All customer contact is now coordinated through the IW call center and CCC continues to meet the targets set by IW in responding to these queries relating to issues such as: no water, reporting leaks, low water pressure and water quality issues.

Non-Domestic Meters are being replaced in Bagenalstown as a first phase in replacing all non-domestic meters throughout the county.

A total of 100 meters (50%) have been replaced to date.

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