Utility was aware of electrical issues at pumping station
Irish Water has admitted it was aware of issues with the electrical supply at a water pumping station in Co Clare, which failed last week resulting in a swimming ban at one of the county's most popular beaches.
Sources have also claimed Irish Water had been repeatedly warned by Clare County Council the power supply at the pump station was not adequate to operate a generator there.
Irish Water has not confirmed whether it received such a warning, but said: "Both Irish Water and Clare County Council are aware of electrical issues at the Kilkee Pumping Station. These are being addressed as part of the ongoing upgrade works."
Irish Water said a generator, over 30 years old, which was in extremely poor condition, was taken off site in May to see if it could be refurbished. "This was not possible and the process to purchase a new generator commenced. An order to purchase will be issued in the next couple of days," it said.
Bathing restrictions at Kilkee have now been lifted.