Taking water from Lough Derg will not solve Dublin’s water problems, according to Cllr Seamus Morris in a submission to Irish Water on their proposal to siphon water from Tipperary and pipe it to the East Coast.
Cllr Morris, who made his submission to support the more substantial one made by the River Shannon Protection Alliance, said that, as a county councillor “I would like to add my voice to the wrongful assumption that the problem with lack of water in the Dublin region can be sorted by sourcing water from another region 100 miles away”.
He said this was “wrong for many reasons”, pointing out that the money would be “better spent” by fixing the up to 50 per cent leakage rates in Dublin.
“A simple 15 per cent reduction of leaks would save 100 million litres of water per day,” he said.
The SF councillor and general election candidate said that abstraction from Lough Derg and the River Shannon would place a “high and unsustainable cost” on the Mid-West in terms of its economic and social cost. The river and its tributaries would suffer ecologically and environmentally.
“It should be noted that Lough Derg is protected under the European framework directive and is a protected Natura 2000 site under both the birds and Habitats directives, he pointed out.
Cllr Morris also said that the abstraction proposals were being costed as free abstraction, which was wrong, as Tipperary County Council had a development contribution levy, which he said was put there at his request and which puts a cost on abstracting water from the county.
His submission also contends that the abstraction of water from the Mid-West to Dublin was against spatial planning.