Latest Update on Drogheda Water Supply. 17:55 hrs, Monday, 24 July

Throughout the day Irish Water has worked with Louth and Meath County Councils, Local Authorities from across the country and Northern Irish Water to mobilised water tankers and containers to reach as many customers as possible impacted by the burst water main supplying the Staleen Water Treatment Plant.   In order to manage the remaining water resource in Drogheda Town, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin we have re-commenced our program of rationing water since this morning.  

Storage reservoir levels are now critically depleted leading to water supply disruptions in Drogheda and parts of East Meath including Duleek, Lagavoreen, Donore, Ashbourne, Stamullen, Kentstown, Kilbride, Ratoath and Ardcath.  

The burst on 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. 

Temporary water stations are currently at 11 locations across the network in Louth:
•         Stameen on the Dublin Road
•         Termonabbey
•         Marleys Lane
•         Bothar Brugha or Hardmans Gardens
•         Ballsgrove shops
•         Shop St North Quay
•         Clogherhead – outside the amusements on Main Street
•         Collon side of St Joseph’s Church Lower Mell
•         Right hand side of entrance to Marley’s Court, Marley’s Lane
•         Drogheda Retail Park, Donore Road near Costa Coffee
•         Termonfeckin outside the national school  

In East Meath there currently are 19 locations:
•         Duleek: 3 (Church) 2 (St Cianans Villas) 1 (Industrial Estate) - Fire Service
•         Lagavoreen: 1 (Entrance to Housing Estate)
•         Donore: 1 (Church)
•         Ashbourne: 2 (Race hill)
•         Stamullen: 1 (Kilbreck Housing Estate)
•         Kenstown: 1 (Londis car park)
•         Ardcath: 1 (Church)
•         Ratoath: 2 (National School Fairyhouse Road ) 2 ( St Paul’s School) - Fire Service
•         Knockcommon/Rathdrinagh: 1 (National School)
•         Kilmoon: 1 (Snailbox Carpark)
•         Curragha: 1 (Church)
•         Kilbride: 2 (Church)
•         Rossnaree: 1 (Church)
•         Skryne: 1 (GAA Pitch)
•         Grange Rath: 2 (Entrance to Housing Estate)
•         *Ashbourne Town : 2 ( Community Centre - Retail Park ) - Fire Service
•         *Bettystown : Tesco Carpark
•         *Donecarney : Church
•         *Colaiste Na Hinse Secondary School
•         *Mornington: Harrys Shop

The temporary water stations that were established 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. Details on the locations will be available at and on @IWCare on Twitter.

Customers must bring their own containers to avail of the water and are advised that water must be boiled before consumption as a precaution.

In order to manage the remaining water resource we re-commenced our program of rationing water for the remainder Drogheda town since 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 
•         Moneymore 

The following areas were supplied from 11.30 am 3.30pm as part of the rationing plan. 
•         Dublin Road & Donore Industrial Estate
•         Moneymore                            
•         The Twenties 
•         Trinity Street
•         North Road & adjoining estates
•         Patrick Street  
•         Sandyford 
•         Newtown                                 

The following areas will be supplied with water from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm
•    Collon Road
•    North Quay to Termonfeckin Road
•    Ashfield
•    Hardmans Gardens (Golden Bowl)

The following areas will be supplied with water from 6.00pm until 9.00pm
•    Marley’s Lane
•    Rathmullan Road
•    Ballymakenny Road
•    Highlands

The following areas will be supplied with water from 9.00 pm to midnight
•    Boyne Meadows
•    Laurence Park
•    Moneymore

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. 
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 where possible to conserve water.

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. 

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.

Louth, Meath

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