Family told 'no water before new year'
Sandra Maddock and her family have been without water for 10 days over Christmas and the council said it could be the new year before supplies are reconnected.
Sandra (36) was among the first to be hit by the big freeze when her pipes iced up last Sunday week and she has remained without water despite the thaw as the pipes then burst.
Sandra, who lives at Riverview, Collooney, Co Sligo, with husband James, son Jake (17) and daughter Shannon (3), said yesterday: "I was desperate to get through to the council but I couldn't get a reply.
"I finally got one in the afternoon and the man told me it could be several days yet before I could be reconnected," she added.
Sandra lives in a small street with five other families, all of whom have been affected by frozen or restricted water supplies in recent days.
Luckily her father lives a short distance away and she got water to cook over Christmas from his house.
Sandra said: "Myself and Jake carried water down to our house in pails and five-litre holders. I would pour it into the tank upstairs in the attic and flush the toilets and then I would go and get more water for cooking and washing."
Collooney was one of a number of sites where tanks and stand-pipes were introduced by Sligo County Council yesterday to supply drinking water to members of the public.
And in the town local man John Branley was a hero to many.
John (40), a haulage contractor, had a 1,000-litre plastic cube fitted to a truck which he used to carry water to elderly people and others unable to fetch their own.
He said: "The tank isn't clean enough to supply drinking water but I have been able to deliver some for flushing toilets and cleaning purposes and people have welcomed it."