24 July 2017 Go back to News
Irish Water mobilises water tankers and containers from across the country as burst main in Drogheda necessitates shut off to protect hospital supply
Latest Update on Drogheda Water Supply. 3.15pm Monday, 24 July
Irish Water has mobilised water tankers and containers from across the country as the ongoing works to repair a burst watermain supplying raw water to the Staleen water treatment plant has necessitated a shut off of the water supply. Storage reservoir levels are now critically depleted leading to further water supply disruptions in Drogheda and parts of East Meath including Duleek, Lagavoreen, Donore, Ashbourne, Stamullen, Kentstown, Kilbride, Ratoath and Ardcath. The burst on the Drogheda watermain has resulted in a significantly reduced supply to Drogheda town and environs. The hospital has been prioritised during this event to maintain supply including the commercial centre in Drogheda town in the Mell area, Donore Road, Marley’s Lane, Cement Road, Ballsgrove, Marian Park, Crosslanes, and some adjoining estates in the vicinity of these locations.
Three attempts were made to fix the pipe since Friday. Due to the complexity of the repair and age of the pipe and ability to withstand very high working pressures standard the modified fitting arrangements are not holding. The pipe is 50 years old and has warped. In addition it is one of the highest pressure pipes which makes the repair more complex.
A bespoke solution is now being engineered. We expect normal supply to be restored on Thursday.
In order to manage the remaining water resource we have re-commenced our program of rationing water for the remainder of the town at 8.00 am this morning.
The following areas were supplied with water from 9.00 am until 11.30 am as part of the rationing plan.
- Boyne Meadow
- Laurences Park
The following areas are currently being supplied (11.30 am 3.30pm) as part of the rationing plan.
- Dublin Road & Donore Industrial Estate
- The Twenties
- Trinity Street
- North Road & adjoining estates
- Patrick Street
The following areas will be supplied with water from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm, 24th July.
- Collon Road
- North Quay to Termonfeckin Road
- Hardmans Gardens (Golden Bowl)
The following areas will be supplied with water from 6.00pm until 9.00pm, 24th July
- Marley’s Lane
- Rathmullan Road
- Ballymakenny Road
The following areas will be supplied with water from 9.00 pm to midnight, 24th July
- Boyne Meadows
- Laurence Park
As this is a rolling schedule only one area will have supply at any one time. As each area has supply, the other areas will be without water.
Irish Water working in partnership with Louth County Council continues to implement our water contingency plans.
Water tankers and containers have been mobilised from across the country including from Northern Ireland Water.
The temporary water stations that were established at 21 locations across the network will continue to be replenished all day. Further locations will added as demand dictates and the public will be advised of this as it happens. In addition, one thousand litre water tanks are in the process of being distributed across the affected areas. Details on the locations will be available at water.ie and on Twitter @IWCare.
Temporary water stations are currently at 6 locations across the network in Louth:
- 1 Stameen on the Dublin Road
- 2 Termonabbey
- 3 Marleys Lane
- 4 Bothar Brugha or Hardmans Gardens
- 5 Ballsgrove shops
- 6 Shop St North Quay
In east Meath there currently are 16 locations:
- 1/2 Duleek at the church x 2
- 3 Lagavoreen at entrance to the estate
- 4 Donore village at the church
- 5/6 Ashbourne at Race hill x 2
- 7 Stamullen on the Bellewstown road outside the housing estate
- 8 Kenstown outside the Londis in the car park
- 9 Ardcath at the church
- 10 Ratoath one at St Paul’s School and
- 11 Ratoath National School Fairyhouse Road
- 12 Knockcommon (school)
- 13 Garristown (Snailbox carpark)
- 14 Curragha (church)
- 15 Kilbride Church (from Monday am)
- 16 Rossnaree Church (from Monday am)
Customers must bring their own containers to avail of the water and are advised that water must be boiled before consumption as a precaution.
Irish Water has urged people to check in on neighbours and family, particularly the elderly at the time and is encouraging farmers to reactivate their own wells were possible to conserve water.
Irish Water apologises to customers for the inconvenience caused and thanks them for their patience while crews work to repair the burst. Irish Water and Louth County Council would like to thank the public for their patience and apologise for ongoing inconvenience.
Customers can contact our customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278 or visit service and supply section for updates.