Update Thursday, 31 May at 1.45pm

A burst occurred last night (Wednesday, 30 May) on the pipeline serving the Staleen Water Treatment Plant which serves Drogheda and East Meath.  Repair crews were on site throughout the night to excavate the area and locate the burst. Work on the repair has been underway since first thing this morning and the repair is now complete. As the main recharges over the next few hours we will then be in a position to confirm if the repair has been successful. The burst is close to the same location of the burst which occurred last year. 

Water supply maintained to all customers in Louth, Drogheda and parts of East Meath

The treated drinking water reservoir serving Drogheda and most of East Meath has enough water to maintain a water supply to customers for the present. A water supply is being maintained to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and we are also prioritising schools, nursing homes, crèches and vulnerable customers. We have contacted vulnerable customers in Louth and East Meath and Irish Water and Louth and Meath County Councils are coordinating efforts to ensure bottled water is delivered to them today.

Alternative water supplies in Ratoath, Ashbourne, Kilbride & Duleek

A water outage is impacting some customers in Ratoath, Ashbourne, Kilbride and Duleek.  Alternative water supplies have been mobilised and water tankers are located in Ratoath and Kilbride and water tankers will be in place in Duleek shortly. View our Alternative Water Supply Map for current locations.


  • Nursing Home Town Centre
  • Donnelly’s Hardware
  • SuperValu Carpark
  • Glascarn Nurseries,Kilbride Road
  • Mill Tree Park


  • Racehill
  • Brindley Park


  • Cherrywood Housing Estate


  • Church (Green Area)
  • St Cianans Villas
  • Industrial Estate
  • O'Neill’s Pub

Please conserve water

We are also prioritising the water supply to key events that are taking place in the area. We are asking all customers to conserve water until we can confirm a timeline for resumption of a normal water supply.  

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, we have contingency measures in place to respond to whatever circumstances arise. 

Budget approved for new pipeline to replace existing lines

Irish Water has approved the budget and design for a new pipeline to replace the existing lines and the pipes have been procured.  We are in the final stages of resolving all of the contractual and regulatory issues and we plan to begin mobilising construction of the pipeline within weeks, with the aim of having the programme completed by year end.

Irish Water understands the inconvenience caused due to this burst water main and thanks customers for their patience. Irish Water is working with Louth and Meath County Councils to distribute alternative water supplies to impacted customers and to ensure the repair is carried out as quickly as possible.

You can contact our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1850 278 278 or via https://twitter.com/IWCare. For updates, visit our Water Supply Updates section.  

Water conservation tips

For water conservation tips, visit our Be Water Smart page.

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