Tuesday 25 April 2017

Council struggles to restore water supply

Don Lavery

water supply was due to be restored to thousands of homes in Dublin last night after a burst water main left some households without water for more than 24 hours.

Yesterday Dublin City Council was forced to bring in water tankers to some areas as they urged householders across the city to conserve water while up to 20 personnel worked round-the-clock to restore the supply.

The north city arterial water main, which supplies water to the north city centre, parts of the south city and some northern suburban areas, burst at Marrowbone Lane, on the southside, at around 12.30pm on Friday.

The entire water main, which can have up to 550 million litres of water travel through it per day, was shut down to allow engineers to complete an assessment of the pipe and carry out emergency repairs.

The local authority said surrounding areas experienced a drop in water pressure, while some were left without supply. The city council personnel used alternative supplies to maintain water supply and they warned that many areas may temporarily experience discoloured water.

A spokesman said there was a general reduction in water pressure city wide and a number of areas would continue to experience extremely low pressure with a high possibility of no water until early evening.

These areas included South Circular Road from Adelaide Road to Kilmainham and surrounds; Baggot St Bridge to Leeson St and surrounds; Ballymun; Griffith Avenue, Collins Avenue and their surrounds including Whitehall, Glasnevin, Drumcondra and Phibsboro, James Street and surrounds; and Inchicore to Islandbridge and surrounds.

The council said that because of difficulties experienced by people in the Whitehall and Santry areas, four water tankers were deployed to Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road; Swiss Cottage, Swords Road; at Beaumont Stores, Beaumont Road; and Collinswood on Collins Avenue.

People were being advised to bring their own receptacles. Tanker locations were also being reviewed.

South Earl St remained closed to traffic, but Marrowbone Lane, Thomas Court, and School Street re-opened. However the council asked motorists to avoid the area if possible.

The council said that it would also be investigating why the water main burst.

It is estimated that almost half of the city council's 2,200km of water pipelines is more than 70 years old and the age of the network is one of the principal causes of leaks.

Others are caused by freezing pipes during the winter, accidents during construction work and excavations and excessive water pressure.

The council operates an Active Leak Reduction Programme which divides the city into dozens of district-metered areas. Water consumption in these areas is closely monitored and spikes in usage are investigated.

Sunday Independent

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