Water supply still cut to thousands of homes
Published 18/01/2010 | 05:00
THOUSANDS of households in Dublin, Meath and Westmeath are still without running water a week after the snow and ice started to melt.
Local authorities are warning that some homes will have no running water at night for weeks as supplies are cut to help reservoirs return to normal levels.
Council crews continue to struggle to fix ruptured pipes, but with the ground still thawing after three weeks of sub-zero temperatures more mains are expected to burst.
In Westmeath, residents in Moate, Mullingar, Kilbeggan, Coole, Horseleap, Tyrrellstown and Rochfortbridge are still being forced to source water from tankers.
There are problems in Cork city and county, while parts of Clare and Kilkenny are also experiencing shortages.
Meath County Council reported "significant problems" in Slane, Dunshaughlin and Navan but the problem is most acute in Dublin where all four local authorities have warned of further rationing and urged people to conserve water.
Restrictions imposed by Dublin City Council are continuing following an increase in broken water mains. The council has urged people not to wash cars until supplies return to normal levels.
"The prolonged freeze over Christmas and the early days of January caused a dramatic increase in broken water mains," a council spokesman said. "The ground will move as it thaws and this will cause further damage and breakages to the water mains, resulting in increased loss of water.
"Due to the severe shortage of water, do not use water to wash cars, paths or any non-essential use. Reducing your consumption of water will help to improve and restore the supply of water to Dublin."
A council spokesman said "severe" water pressure reduction would affect the Longmile Road, Kimmage. Crumlin, Drimnagh, Irishtown, Ballsbridge, Sandymont, Rialto, South Circular Road, North King Street and Capel Street.
Problems would also be experienced on Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, Clonshaugh to south of Artane from the M1 to the coast, Finglas and Ballyfermot.
Fingal County Council, which is badly affected, said that water pressure would be reduced in all areas from 10pm until 6am to allow reservoirs to fill.
People living in Dublin 11, Dublin 15, St Margaret's, The Naul, Garristown, Oldtown, Lanesborough, Melville and high areas of Howth were still without water.
South Dublin County Council said water supply would be restricted in all areas, which would result in a loss of pressure or supply at night. Supply would be restored each morning from 7am.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council says water is being restored after thousands of people were left without supply for three days.