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Almost half of the water supplied under the water supply scheme by Cork County Council was unaccounted for, meaning it had been ‘lost’ before it reached the customer.
Unaccounted for water (UFW) made up 49.13 per cent of water supplied through Cork County Council in 2013, the Service Indicators in Local Authorities 2013 report shows. Unaccounted for water relates to treated drinking water that is lost through the distribution network, largely via pipe leakage and unauthorised connections.
The figure was less severe in Waterford county, where 42.45 per cent of water was deemed unaccounted for, while in South Tipperary County Council area, the figure for 2013 stood at 50.43. In Limerick, where the city and county council figures are combined, it was found that just 30 per cent of water was unaccounted for. The highest loss percentage in the country was in Cork City, where UFW was 54.60 per cent.
Cork County Council, however, lead the way in local and regional road improvement in 2013, with a country-topping 552.70km of road improved and maintained under the Restoration Programme.
Waterford County Council upgraded less than 90km of road, while this figure was 138km in South Tipperary, and 195.23km in Limerick.
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