When will you shower?

Dublin city council is to take the first steps towards introducing an ordinance banning the use of bathroom channelling in buildings that are less than five metres tall, the Irish Times reports.

The decision was taken after a consultation period in June and the Irish Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has given the green light to a draft ordinance, which would see a ban placed on “unconventional, high-efficiency toilets”.

The draft ordinance would also ban the use and installation of high-volume toilets in buildings with a height less than 5 metres and require the installation of new toilets.

The council has until March 31 to make a decision on whether or not to go ahead with the proposed ordinance.

The council is also proposing to introduce a charge of €1 for using a toilet at a rate of up to €20 for a three-person toilet, with €10 for each additional person.

This measure will go into effect immediately, but the council is asking for public input on how it will enforce the ban.

If the ban is passed, the first cases of the disease would be reported to health services within 24 hours.

The Irish Times says that the council would not be obliged to provide any information on the number of cases reported, the number that have been treated and the outcome of treatment.

Council leader Michael Hogan said the council was “fully aware” of the potential risk to health from the virus.

“We’ve got to be very careful not to put the public at risk, but we’re aware that this is a risk that is of particular concern,” he said.

“It’s a risk we’re addressing and we’re going to be consulting with the public on that.”

Mr Hogan said he was also consulting with health professionals to assess the effect of the ban on the local health service.

The city council also intends to increase its staff of health professionals by 10 per cent and to create a special taskforce for the prevention and management of the pandemic.