12,250 in Tipperary remain without water

Anne O'Grady

Reporter:

Anne O'Grady

Water outages

Do Not Drink notice in Fethard

12,250 in Tipperary remain without water in the aftermath of Storm Emma according to an update from Irish Water 

The Storm has had a significant impact on the water network around the country as the extreme cold damaged water treatment plants and has led to significant burst in pipes. The condition of pipes, particularly in Dublin where the average age is 80 years, has contributed to the widespread outages and water restrictions experienced by customers all over the country.

Irish Water says its crews have been mobilised across Dublin and around the country to make the necessary repairs at plants and to fix bursts and significant progress is being made. Other counties which also had significant numbers of people on no or restricted water are back to normal including Kerry, Westmeath, Laois and Longford.

"Irish Water recognises that many of our water customers continue to face severe impacts from water interruption or restrictions, where customers only have water at certain times. These are likely to continue for a number of days. Irish Water, working with the local authorities is attempting to minimise the impact of these restrictions by confining them to night time hours where possible".

In all just over 23,000 people are without water and an additional 39,000 have restricted supply due low levels in reservoirs. These numbers are subject to change as more bursts and repairs occur.

Those without water are include 4000 in Galway; 2,800 in Leitrim; 12,250 in Tipperary; 4000 in Wexford.

Due to hydrocarbon contamination of the source supplying the Fethard Public Water Supply, Irish Water and Tipperary County Council, in consultation with the HSE, have issued a Do Not Drink notice for customers supplied by this scheme affecting 12,000 people. This number is included in the ‘without water’ category.

"We are working with Tipperary Co. Council to resolve the issue but it is expected to stay in place for a few days. Water tankers will be provided to assist customers in these areas. Details of the locations of these tankers will be available on the Service and Supply Section of the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/water-supply/ supply-and-service-update/

"Irish Water continues to appeal to customers all across the country to conserve water at this time. Increasing demand coupled with weather related bursts and leaks has resulted in our water treatment plants running at capacity which could lead to even more outages and restrictions in the coming week".

The Irish Water contact centre is available during 24/7 on 1850 278278 for customers to report outages. Customers are urged to report loss of service or visible leaks to assist Irish Water to identify bursts.

Updates on outages and advice water conservation in homes and businesses is available on water.ie and @IrishWater.