Saturday 18 November 2017

Families without water left in 'Third World conditions' for more than two weeks

Inta and David Jamila have been 16 days without water and have to rely on council containers
Inta and David Jamila have been 16 days without water and have to rely on council containers

A mother has described how she is living in "Third World conditions" in her Dublin home after an entire apartment block has been left without water for more than two weeks.

Water services have been shut off at the Gateway View apartment complex in Ballymun for the last 16 days, with around 14 families affected by the shortage.

It is believed that the building had been receiving its water from another property in the area, which had its supply shut off a number of weeks ago.

This subsequently shut off the water to several apartments in the complex, in what has been described as a "major error".

Dublin City Council and Irish Water have both said that the issue is out of their control.

Resident Inta Jamila (25) described how she has been living in "Third World conditions" for more than a fortnight and is concerned for her son David's well-being due.

"We haven't had water for 16 days, which is unbelievable. I have to go to a friend's house to shower, and it's not something I feel comfortable doing.

"I have to bring my 18-month-old son to my friend's house as well. I can't wash his bottles properly. We even have to throw water down the toilet after we use it to flush it down. It's not a way to live.

"To think that in this day and age a family could be left without running water is just unimaginable."

Dublin City Council has been providing affected households with containers of water in an attempt to help them, with Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis describing the situation as "appalling".

"It's an absolute mess of a situation," he said. "To be fair, the council have been supplying people with plastic containers of water, but they're still strugg- ling.


"The issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible, and there is a lot of confusion as to what is actually going on.

"The main thing is, though, that people have been left without water for 16 days, which is appalling."

Another resident, who did not want to be named, described how they had to take several days off work due to the stress of the situation.

Sources have said that plumbers have inspected the apartments affected by the water shortage and have said the problem is "external".

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