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Posted On June 18, 2021
Irish water companies are facing a massive shortage of equipment in Ireland, with water filters among the most common products they are struggling to supply.
The Irish Water Authority (IWA) has been asked by Water Ireland to supply about 150,000 filtration units, up from 80,000 units currently, but the number of units available is not yet clear.
The IWA said in a statement that the equipment will be in stock in the next three to four weeks, but that it would be up to individual water companies to choose the best filtrol to meet their specific needs.
“Water Ireland has not given an indication as to when the supply will be available, but if a solution to the water supply crisis is found in the coming weeks, we would welcome a response,” the statement read.
The shortage is being blamed on the recent outbreak of the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly across the country, and the ongoing crisis in Brazil.
In a report released on Monday, Irish Water said it was “concerned about the level of supply”.
The Iwa has asked for about 15,000 water filters from the US, UK and Germany.
But it has not yet received any of those.
Water Ireland said that it is not in a position to make decisions on the supply of filters.
“We are not in an arrangement with Water Ireland at the moment to provide a certain number of filticles,” a spokesperson said.
“As a matter of fact, we are not able to supply any water filter for a very long period of time, which means there will be a supply gap at the end of the month.”
Irish Water said in the report that water filters are the most important item it needs to keep its customers safe, but there is no guarantee they will be delivered.
“If the demand for filter supplies does not change in the near future, then we will need to increase our supply,” it said.
The crisis in water infrastructure in Ireland is already facing a severe shortage of supplies and there is a danger of water shortages becoming more common, the spokesperson said, adding that the IWA has no control over the water systems in Ireland.
Water companies across the island have been forced to rely on their own water systems for much of the year because of the high cost of maintaining them.
Irish Water’s crisis has also put pressure on other water systems, particularly the huge amount of water needed to treat wastewater.
The number of people on Ireland’s water bills has soared by 50 per cent in recent years.
The cost of providing water services is one of the biggest costs facing Irish businesses.
The Government recently increased the rate of interest on Irish Water’s debt to 4.5 per cent.