UNACCOUNTED for wwater in North Tipperary amounts to 41 per cent, councillors were told at the July meeting of North Tipperary County Council.
But director of services Jim McGuire sadi that unaccounted for water did not mean the water was lost from the system, it “just menas it is unaccounted for”.
He said that the rate had fallen from 48 per cent, but was obviously stil to high, despite a considerable water conservation programme,.
Mr McGuire said that the only way to get that figure down was to replace watermains, which would happen under the Thurles regional water supply scheme.
“Where metering has been piloted unaccounted for water is low. It will be one of the benefits of a national water metering programme,” he said.
Cllr Jim Casey unaccounted for water wass a “huge cost to the council”, and he pointed out that Dublin City Council’s ambition was to get its figure to around 30 per cent.
However, Cllr Virginia O’Dowd, Labour, maintained that Dublin should fix leakages in its pipes before extracting water from Lough Derg.
Meanwhile, Cllr Phyll Bugler thanked the council for its work on the Newport regional water scheme. “We never thought we would have 24-hour water in Ballina,” she said.