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Wednesday 18 January 2017

Councils battle to find burst pipes as taps run dry

Shane Hickey and Allison Bray

Published 29/12/2010 | 05:00

HOUSEHOLDS around the country have had to suffer severe water shortages as a result of the thaw.

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Councils have been battling to find burst water pipes and large areas of houses have been cut off from supply or have to deal with low pressure as a result.

People have been advised to check their local authority websites for the exact locations of disruptions. Here are the affected areas around the country as of last night:

Dublin City Council: Restrictions and cut-offs in place from 6pm yesterday to noon today.

Fingal: Restrictions in various areas from 2pm yesterday to 2pm today and 6pm today to noon tomorrow.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown: Cut-offs in place from 6pm yesterday to at least 9am today in various locations. Widespread reductions in water pressure throughout area.

South Dublin County Council: Cut-offs and reduced pressure from 7pm yesterday to 7am today.

Carlow: Containers of water were at 11 locations including Burrin Manor, Beechwood Park, Green Road and New Oak yesterday.

Cavan: A number of areas without a water supply as the council searches for leaks. Water tankers in Cavan town, Cootehill, Ballinagh, Ballyjamesduff and Dowra.

Clare: Widespread disruption across the county. Cut-offs from 10pm to 7am and 8pm to 8am daily until further notice in some areas.

Cork: Restrictions from 7pm yesterday to 10am today and 7pm today to 10am tomorrow. In the city there were overnight cut-offs and restrictions in place at various locations.

Donegal: Many homes still without water since Christmas morning. It is unknown when this situation will end.

Galway: Councils are urging minimum use of water. Supplies restricted at night time. Disruptions in areas of the county.

Kerry: Cut-offs across the county overnight last night from 8.30pm this morning.

Kildare: Low pressure from 6pm Tuesday to 10am today.

Kilkenny: Paulstown and Goresbridge village's supply turned off from 10.30pm yesterday to 7am today. Large containers were made available at five locations in Kilkenny city yesterday.

Laois: Supplies affected particularly in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick. Water tankers available.

Leitrim: Restrictions on water could last for up to three days. Water supplies in the south of the county were off from 9pm last night until 8am today.

Limerick: Overnight cut-offs in place throughout the county with shut-offs between 6pm and 7.30pm each night until 8am the following day until further notice. No restrictions in place in the city.

Longford: Water supply turned off from 8pm last night to 8am today.

Louth: Widespread disruptions in Ardee, outages in Clogherhead, low supply in Dunbin and Tullyallen.

Mayo: Some restrictions and cut-offs in place from 9pm yesterday to 8am today.

Meath: Low pressure and supply interruptions across county but particularly in Ashbourne, Rathoath, Dunboyne.

Monaghan: Water pipes available for the public throughout the county.

Offaly: Disruptions to supplies due to the thaw. Warnings that water may be shut off at any time. Problems with supply at Tullamore.

Roscommon: Cut-offs for users of the north Roscommon water supply scheme.

Sligo: Restrictions on water could last up to three days after demand doubled.

Tipperary: Cut-offs in various locations including Clonmel from 7pm yesterday to 7am today.

Waterford: Widespread cut-offs throughout the city and county. Cut-offs in place in some areas from 2pm for up to three hours.

Other areas will have cut-offs between 7pm and 9am.

Westmeath: All water supplies throughout the county affected last night and this morning.

Wexford: Cut-offsin various areas in the town and county from 7pm Tuesday to 8am Wednesday.

Wicklow: Cut-offs from 7pm to 7am for the next several days.

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