Friday 21 July 2017

Councils battle to find burst pipes as taps run dry

Shane Hickey and Allison Bray

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

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.

Irish Independent

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