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Millstreet water supplies still 'at a critically low level'

WATER supplies in Millstreet are still at a 'critically low level,' and Cork County Council are advising all users to keep usage to a minimum, as leaks within private residences still need to be repaired.

Unless there is a reduction in the water usage within the next few hours Cork County Council will have no choice but to discontinue the water supply at night to allow reservoirs to be restored to normal operating levels," said a spokesperson on Monday.

The situation did not improve and water supplies in Millstreet were turned off at night at the time of The Corkman going to press.

In Charleville, Cork County Council is also advising consumers that water levels in reservoirs on the three main schemes, Buttevant/Doneraile, Charleville and Allow/Freemount, are at critically low levels. Again consumers are asked to be as frugal as they can with water supplies and to check and repair any leaks in internal pipework.

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The council will have to continue its practice of shutting off the supplies to various areas overnight and it is proposed to shut off the water supply from Broghill Reservoir to Charleville Town and also to cut the supply to Doneraile and it is likely that consideration will have to be given to cutting the supply to Dromina and Milford.

The Council have set up a supervised standpipe in Highfield Estate in Newtownshandrum to give water to consumers affected by long term frozen connections.

The supply is available and residents are asked to bring a container to the site. In addition, a burst watermain in Freemount village was another headache for council staff. It was hoped that a valve could be fitted and water would then be immediately resumed to the village. The spokesperson said that leaks are also being repaired at Streamhill in Doneraile, on the Buttevant/Doneraile Scheme.