Thursday 24 October 2019

7,500 customers without water supply as Irish Water gives update on repairs

Irish Water had urged the public not to run taps
Irish Water had urged the public not to run taps
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

SOME 7,500 people remain without a water supply this morning as Irish Water and local authorities battle to repair hundreds of leaks across the network.

Trees had to be cut down in woodland in Wexford to repair a mains burst, with crews also forced to trek through three feet of snow to access pipes.

Despite the progress made to date, some 94,000 are also on a restricted service, down from 121,000 last night. These are in Cork, Galway, Kerry, Laois, Westmeath, Longford and Mayo.

The number with no supply has dropped from 10,500 to 7,500, and it is hoped that supply will be restored later today.

An Irish Water spokesperson said that it was hoped repairs would be completed by lunchtime or early afternoon in Wexford and Cork, where the bulk of the 7,500 households and businesses without water are located, it would take time to re-charge the system, where flow would resume flowing from taps.

In other areas, including Co Kildare, standpipes will be opened to provide supplies where leaks have been repaired but where supply remains an issue.

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