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Friday 24 November 2017

Water shortages hit estates as taps left on

Brian McDonald

Householders were yesterday asked to think of their neighbours and turn taps off as a water shortage hit parts of the country.

The main reservoir on the west side of Galway city at Clifton Hill was yesterday only half full after large numbers of people left taps running overnight to avoid pipes freezing.

As a result, blocks of homes in estates were left without water on Saturday and yesterday. Worst affected were parts of Knocknacarra, Rahoon, Claremont, Threadneedle Road and Kingston.

In the midlands, officials also appealed for residents to use water sparingly.

A spokesperson for Galway City Council said it was essential to turn off all taps at night.

The spokesperson said: "We also have a number of leaks in the area as a result of frozen pipes expanding as they thaw."

Roads in the west were in a treacherous condition yesterday.

Irish Independent

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