26 July 2017 Go back to News
Update on water outage in Louth and East Meath 6:45am, Wednesday, 26th July 2017
Specialist repair taking place on site today, Wednesday, 26th July
View our map of all the locations where water can be collected
Irish Water and Louth County Council will today begin work on the specialist engineering solution to repair the burst water main supplying the Staleen Water Treatment Plant. The specially commissioned parts have arrived on site this morning and work will continue throughout the day to repair the pipe. Due to the fragile condition of the pipeline, repair work by Irish Water and Louth County Council must progress extremely carefully and it will be later on Wednesday before it is known if the repair has been successful.
While the repair is being carried out Irish Water, Louth County Council and Meath County Council are continuing to coordinate all available resources to ensure water tankers and temporary supplies are mobilised to as many impacted customers as possible. Customers are advised to bring their own containers to collect water and that water must be boiled before consumption as a precaution.
An alternative mains water supply has been provided to customers in Southern Ashbourne by laying a 100 metre pipe to connect a water supply in Fingal to Ashbourne. The water network from Fingal has also been diverted to provide mains supply to Kilbride in Co. Meath.
Irish Water Managing Director Jerry Grant has also confirmed Irish Waters commitment to prioritising the replacement of the 2.2km watermain serving the Staleen water treatment plant.
"It's clear from the significant level of disruption and hardship endured by so many customers as a result of the burst on this high pressure main that its replacement must be a priority for Irish Water. A detailed programme for complete replacement will take a number of weeks to finalise and we will need to undertake detailed planning and design work before we can be confident around the exact timeframe for this to happen. However a preliminary view suggests a timeframe of 18 months and a budget of €2-3m will be needed to complete the work."
Irish Water continues to urge people to check in on neighbours and family while the disruption continues, particularly the elderly and is encouraging farmers to reactivate their own wells where possible to conserve available water supplies. We have been proactively contacting our registered vulnerable customer and urge any customer with an urgent medical need who has not been contacted already to call our contact centre on 1850 278 278
Irish Water sincerely apologises to all affected customers for the inconvenience caused by this ongoing disruption and thanks them for their patience while crews provide emergency supplies and continue the work to repair the burst. We also sincerely thank the Defence Forces, the Civil Defence and Fire Services of Louth & Meath, local scouts, other voluntary groups and the wider community in Louth & Meath for their huge assistance in distributing water over recent days.
The Irish Water customer care helpline is available 24/7 on1850 278 278 and updates will be posted on @iwcare on Twitter and on our service and supply section. Updates will also be posted on www.louthcoco.ie or www.meath.ie.
The following are the rolling water supplies for Drogheda Town – Wednesday, 26 July 2017
9.00 am - 11.30 am (View map of area covered) :
- Boyne Meadow
- Laurences Park
- Dublin Road and Donore Industrial Estate
3.00 pm - 6.00 pm (View map of area covered) :
- Open Collon Rd
- North Quay to Termonfeckin Rd
- Ashfield (1pm)
- Hardmans Gardens (Golden Bowl) – supplement Lourdes Hospital
- Cord Road
- Marleys Lane
- Rathmullan Road
- Ballymackenny Rd
Permanent supply has been maintained in the following priority areas of Drogheda: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda & 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.
In Louth temporary water stations are located across the network at the following locations:
- Stameen on the Dublin Road,
- 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
- Manley Construction Site, Avourwen Meadows, Plantin Road
- Baltray at the 19th Pub,
- St Mary’s School Bryanstown,
- Wheatan Hall Retail Park,
- Shrewsbury Manor,
- Newton Meadows,
- Boyne Business Park,
- Harmony Heights,
- College Rise,
- Newfield Estate, Forest Park,
- Newfield Estate,
- Brookville Estate
- Yellowbatter Entrance.
The majority of Clogherhead area and the Clogherhead side of Termonfeckin will have some mains water supply throughout Wednesday. The Reservoir at Castlecoohill is currently receiving water with the assistance of Ballymakenny Group Water Scheme and is being topped up by a number of tankers.
In East Meath stations are located across the network at the following locations:
- Duleek: 3 (Church) 2 (St Cianans Villas) 1 (Industrial Estate) - Fire Service
- Knockcommon/Rathdrinagh: 1 (National School))
- Rossnaree: 1 (Church))
- Ashbourne: 2 (Race hill)
- Donore: 1 (Church)
- Lagavoreen: 1 (Entrance to Housing Estate)
- Grange Rath: 2 (Entrance to Housing Estate)
- Ratoath: 2 (National School Fairyhouse Road ) 2 ( St Paul’s School) - ( Nursing Home Town Centre)
- Stamullen: 2 ( Church )
- Clonalvey: 1 (Church)
- Ardcath: 1 (Church)
- Kilmoon: 1 (Snailbox Carpark)
- Curragha: 1 (Church)
- Skryne: 1 (GAA Pitch)
- Kentstown: 1 (Londis Car park)
- Ashbourne Town : 1 Community Centre - 1 Retail Park - 1 Supervalu Carpark
- Bettystown : 1 (Tesco Carpark)
- Donecarney : 1 (Church)
- Colaiste Na Hinse Secondary School : 1
- Mornington: 1 (Harrys Shop)
- Kilbride: 2 (Church)
- Drogheda:Deepforde Hsg Estate
- Drogheda:Highlands Hsg Estate
- Rathfeigh : National School 1