STEPS are being taken to tackle the problem of frozen pipes, which left many Lis na Dara residents without water over the Christmas period.
DPS Property Management informed residents of the Dundalk housing estate that it had received contact from the developer about the water shortages.
Acting for and on behalf of Carrickmacross Management Company, DPS said the developer had consulted with the local authority, as the official development hand over procedure to take charge of the roads, water and waste service has begun.
In an update notice circulated to residents last week, DPS wrote: "They have stated that the level of frozen pipes in Lis na Dara, was similar to other areas in Dundalk and the fittings that have been installed are fixed as per the procedures outlined by the Local Authority."
In response to the effects caused by following the frozen pipes, the developers have said they are now taking the following actions:
All of the meter devices will be inspected and checked immediately. The insulation pads within the meter device at the footpaths will be doubled up.
The developers have also promised to supply the management company with a custom made stand pipe.
In the event of water shortages in the future, the residents will be able to access the water mains.
The overseeing and positioning of the standpipe will be discussed at the next residence committee meeting.
The local authority also recommended that at times of low temperatures, residents should place a wheelie bin over the water mains on the footpath, as this could help prevent deep freezing.
The council has previously inspected the entire infrastructure below ground and are awaiting the laying of the final wearing course before the development will be taken in charge.
According to DPS, the management company is keeping in regular contact with the developer about this matter.
According to Louth County Council, there is an increased demand on the water supply with the re-opening of schools and the return of workers.
Householders, business outlets and farmers are being advised not to run water taps, and check for and report/repair leaks.
Farmers should check remote drinking facilities for leaks and people are being urged to call on vulnerable neighbours to ensure of their well being and no water issues.
Due to the unprecedented low temperatures over a prolonged period, there were reports of in excess of 300 households in the Dundalk area without water supplies. The council had to supply bottled water to households (mainly elderly and disabled).