31 May 2018 Go back to News
Update to burst on Staleen Water Main affecting Drogheda & East Meath
Update Thursday, 31 May at 8.30am
A burst occurred last night (Wednesday, 30 May) on the pipeline serving the Staleen Water Treatment Plant which serves Drogheda & East Meath. Repair crews have been on site throughout the night to excavate the area and locate the burst. Work on the repair is currently underway. The burst is close to the same location as the burst which occurred last year.
Please conserve water
The treated drinking water reservoir serving Drogheda and East Meath has enough water to maintain a water supply to customers for the present. We are asking all customers to conserve water until we can confirm a timeline for resumption of a normal water supply. Ashbourne, Ratoath and Duleek would be the first areas to experience water outages. Water supply is being maintained to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and we are also prioritising schools, nursing homes, crèches and vulnerable customers.
Alternative water supplies are being mobilised
Alternative water supplies are being mobilised and water tankers and bottled water will be deployed. We will confirm locations of these this morning. We are also prioritising the water supply to key events that are taking place in the area over today.
While we are hopeful that the repair on this occasion will be achieved in a shorter timeframe and our full Crisis Management Team is in place so that we will have contingency measures in place to respond to whatever circumstances arise.
Budget approved for new pipeline
We have approved the budget and design for a new pipeline to replace the existing lines. The new pipelines have been procured. We are in the final stages of resolving all of the contractual and regulatory issues to begin mobilisation of construction of this pipeline within weeks and we are aiming to have the programme completed by year end.
Water conservation tips
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