Wednesday 17 January 2018

'We pay for something we can't use'

Padraic Hayden, owner/chef at the Camden Kitchen, had to turn customers away when the water went off
Padraic Hayden, owner/chef at the Camden Kitchen, had to turn customers away when the water went off

THERE were 30 people seated at tables in the bustling restaurant when chef Padraic Hayden turned on his taps to find cloudy white water trickling out.

"It didn't improve and then the water went off afterwards," explained the owner/chef of the popular Camden Kitchen eatery, located just off Wexford Street in Dublin city centre.

"We couldn't use the dishwasher or the glasswasher – everything we normally use and pay for," he said after the water levels began to dwindle at 7.30pm on the first night of the restrictions.

"We had to tell people we couldn't make coffees or teas. We couldn't take extra customers looking for tables. Up until the tank is empty, we can work."

Now they are trying to get as much water into their roof storage tank space as possible in order to cope over the coming nights.

Dublin City Council had assured people the cloudy water is safe to drink, simply mixed with air due to the low water pressure. However, Padraic emphasised such water simply could not be used in a restaurant.

"At the minute I don't trust it. We were using bottled water to clean down the kitchens, tables and to make coffees," he said.

"All of the people paying taxes here don't work from 9am until 5pm. Like any commercial property, we're paying for the water rates and to Dublin City Council. We do pay for this service, at least we should get a phone call to tell us there are problems," he said.

Irish Independent

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