Dublin's pipes are so ancient and damaged that for every litre of expensive treated water put into them, around 57% is wasted through leaks.
Irish Water plans to replace only 1% of the pipes per year - so some will not be touched for another 100 years. This target is extremely unambitious given the scale of the problem.
Dublin's pipes are now so fragile that when they come under an extra stress, as they did during Storm Emma, they give way: this causes WATER OUTAGES. The only thing that can stop Dublin having water outages is REPLACING ITS PIPES.
An overhaul of Dublin's water pipes will soon become inevitable. The Shannon Pipeline would not negate this: WHY PAY TWICE? REPLACE DUBLIN'S WATER PIPES NOW AND SAVE EUR1.3BILLION.