Irish Water have recently revealed that the state must spend a massive €13bn to replace thousands of kilometres of old victorian piping around the country.
The latest revelation by the state utility comes in a week were it has been heavily criticised for its handling of the current water shortage situation in the North East.
According to Irish Water in order to update ageing water supplies around the country, the Government must spend the massive sum over the coming years ahead or face the prospect of further leaks similar to the one that occurred in Drogheda over the weekend.
Although a sum of €3.5bn has been earmarked over the next five years for repairs in worst affected areas Irish water say the outlay will not be enough to update water mains that are becoming more and more problematic every year.
The state utility also claims that even though they are working with a less than appropriate budget they are currently implementing every possible measure in order to prevent a similar situation occurring again in the near future.