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Dublin apartments fitted with inadequate drainage systems as a result of anomaly in building regulations

5 February, 2008

Dublin City Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh has highlighted an anomaly in building regulations which has led to many apartments in Dublin being fitted with inefficient drainage systems. Current building regulations state that eight units can only be connected to a 150mm drain, however local authorities are currently connecting up to eight apartment blocks, which they consider to be one unit each, to this size drain. This is likely to lead to drainage problems in the future.

Councillor Ní Dhálaigh pushed a motion at the Council meeting last night which called on the City Manager to investigate and report back on what changes need to be made to the regulations to take account of this problem. The motion was passed unanimously.

Councillor Ní Dhálaigh said, "The current building regulations state that only eight units can be connected to a 150mm drain, but local authorities are currently taking apartment blocks as being one unit, which means they could actually have many more than eight units connected to them. This is likely to lead to drainage problems in the future.

"There is no clarification available under the building regulations in relation to apartment blocks and the drainage system in Dublin in particular. Local authorities cannot enforce their preferred option of 14 apartments per connection to drains

"I asked the City manager to immediately contact the Local Building Control Authority who are responsible for the implementation of the building control system and request that clarification be sought.

"There are a huge amount of apartments at planning stage and under construction in Dublin. Ninety percent of all future living arrangements in the City will be apartment living. Unless the regulations are changed it is likely that this problem will affect these buildings as well. This cannot be allowed to happen.

"It is essential that the Council takes action without further delay to amend the regulations and to put in place a scheme to upgrade the flawed drainage systems that have been put in place under the current regulations." ENDS

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