GARDAI are warning residents of the Ashwood Estate in Clondalkin today to cease looting water after a massive water main flooded the streets this morning.
Emergency council crews were forced to shut off the supply as an armed emergency response unit worked hard to stop potential thieves from stealing the natural resource.
So far, fourteen people have been arrested for looting the water using buckets.
“Anyone caught extracting the water will be arrested,” warned local Superintendant Garda Cian Cunningham. “This water belongs to Irish water and people will be charged for stealing it.”
Currently there are four Dublin fire brigades reclaiming the spilled water from the area. It is expected the liquid will then be transported back to its original source in the local reservoir outside the city for treatment.
“We estimate that over two million euros worth of water was lost today in Clondalkin,” stated Irish Water director John Tierney. “The residents of Ashwood Estate will be charged in bi-monthly instalments over a four year period for the loss, so we urge anyone who may have looted any to come forward and hand it back.”
Since the time of writing, over 300 buckets and basins have been seized from residents by Gardaí at the scene. If you wish to disclose any information about the possible water theft, please phone Store street Garda station on 01 6668200 to receive a €50 euro Irish water voucher. All information will be kept confidential.
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