Still No Water In Drogheda And East Meath

Senator Ged Nash says there was a general level of understanding at the weekend that major engineering works were needed, but frustration is growing every hour as Irish Water keeps missing its own deadlines.Irish Water is hoping to restore water supply to tens of thousands of households across the northeast today.Irish Water has advised it has not successfully made a complete fix to the main line feeding water to Staleen Water treatment plant.It is linked to the Staleen Water Treatment Plant, which supplies drinking water to Drogheda and its surrounding areas.Michael Cunniffee, head of Irish Water’s infrastructure team, said that a similar problem could occur again after years of underinvestment in the network.He said: “A local Government TD has said that the Government has approved 50 water stations for the area, we’ve yet to see any of those water stations in Drogheda”.”At that meeting we’ll be asking questions in relation to what happened, was the contingency plan they had envisaged suitable for what happened and what the future holds”.A programme of rationing remains in place in Drogheda town, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin to help manage the remaining water resources in the area.Thirty-three road tankers from across the island have been deployed to supplement the mains water supply, to replenish temporary water stations and to supply priority customers.Louth County Council is also organising 8,000, five and 10 litre foldable water containers are being delivered to Louth County Council and Meath County Council for distribution to the public. Eight thousand 5 and 10 litre foldable water containers will be distributed throughout the affected areas.Update – 11.57am: Irish Water is warning the pipe that burst in the north-east could be vulnerable to further breakages.”Over the last number of years NI Water has worked with other utilities to identify ways in which we could provide mutual support and aid during periods of severe weather or other unforeseen situations”, NI Water said.”Many people are not able to carry the volumes of water that they need for their family”.