11 August 2019 Go back to News
Incident at Freemount Water Treatment Plant, North Cork
A fire occurred at approximately 3pm this afternoon (Sunday August 11th) at an electrical panel in Freemount water treatment plant. Thankfully no one was injured, however the fire has resulted in critical equipment at the plant not being available to produce water for the Allow Regional scheme. Irish Water and Cork County Council are working with specialist contractors to assess the impact and the extent of works involved to safely restore normal production as soon as possible.
Storage in reservoirs is expected to be depleted by tomorrow morning (Monday August 12th). Approximately 3,500 people will be affected in Freemount, Milford, Liscarroll, Dromina and surrounding areas. In order to minimise the extent of supply interruption, and while works are progressed to address the damage at the treatment plant, Irish Water have this evening commenced transporting water to the reservoirs serving the scheme and will expand these efforts tomorrow and over the coming days.
Irish Water apologises for the inconvenience this incident will cause for the community served by the Allow Regional scheme. All efforts are being undertaken to resolve the supply problem as early as possible. In the meantime, customers should check Irish Water’s website for updates and contact our call centre on 1850 278 278 if they have any concerns, particularly vulnerable customers who Irish Water are engaging with directly.