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Mobile tankers deployed to provide water

NUMEROUS water tankers have been set up throughout Dublin to cater for thousands of households with little or no water after the big freeze.

Burst pipes led to record demand of water following the cold snap and Dublin City Council has since set up mobile and stationary tankers in some of the worst hit areas. Eight locations have been set up and will be providing water from 11am to 8pm.

On the north side, tankers have been set up in Cabra at Ventry Park, Belclare Park in Poppintreee, Pelletstown on Ratoath Road and Middle 3rd in Killester.



shortage

As one of the areas worst affected by the water shortage, Finglas has two stations being set up tonight -- the shopping centre on Cardiffsbridge Road and St Canice's Church in Finglas village.

On the south side, St Joseph's Church at Terenure Road east and the junction between Rathgar Avenue and Rathgar Road in Rathgar will also have tankers to provide water to those in need.

People are being reminded that water from the tankers must still be boiled for drinking or cooking purposes.

Fingal County Council will also be setting up a number of tankers throughout the day in various locations in north Co Dublin.

In Castleknock, tankers have been set up on College Road alternating between Georgian Village Estate and Laurel Lodge Estate every two hours, while water will be available in Lanesborough Estate in Meakstown until 7pm.

Gormley's Pub in Garristown Village, Baleskin Refugee Centre at St Margaret's in Baleskin and Naul Village will also have water tankers today.



suppliers

However, a number of people have already reported difficulty in finding the temporary water suppliers.

Yesterday, a small tanker was set up throughout the day in Killester where the two council workers responsible for the area said that there were very few visitors.

And just a mile and half further north, the tankers set up at Coolock Village and Clarehall proved more of a difficult feat to reach, and it was reported that they could not be found at all.

One member of the public reported arriving at Clarehall just as the tanker was pulling away.

A spokesperson for the council said the situation was "changing by the hour" and that the list of locations was subject to change depending on demand and other tankers will be deployed if needed.



deliveries

Essential businesses such as hospitals and nursing homes will receive water deliveries from mobile tankers.

Due to the fact that "both mobile and stationary tankers will need to be replenished", they will only be available until 8pm.

cmcbride@herald.ie


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