Further water restrictions likely, warns Longford County Council

Householders across Longford were bracing themselves for a fresh wave of water restrictions last night as supplies in many of the county's privately owned estates reached breaking point.

Householders across Longford were bracing themselves for a fresh wave of water restrictions last night as supplies in many of the county's privately owned estates reached breaking point.

Problems linked to unusually high demand allied to burst water mains had caused engineers to limit water pressure levels in as many as five developments in the Longford town area since last Friday alone.

Houses at White Linen Woods, Dun Darragh, Gleann Riada, Lana Aoibhinne and the Oaklands estate were among the worst affected, council executives said this week.

As water supplies in private estates remain the sole responsibility of its developers, it is not known how long restrictions will remain in place for.

So far, the council has opened talks with three contractors , but warned of potential further stoppages in previously unaffected areas over the next few days.

"The situation in the Longford Town area has been much more problematic. For almost a month it has not been possible to match supply with demand," said a statement released to the Leader earlier this week.

That hasn't stopped many frustrated residents from the Oaklands estate, located just off the Ballinalee Road outside of Longford town, from venting their anger at the delays.

One homeowner who wished to remain anonymous said he and his wife have been relying on the generosity of relatives for drinking water since the latter half of last week.

"There's no water here at all," he stated. "We were in Dublin all day on Friday and when we arrived back there was no water in the house. So far, we have managed to get a couple of barrels of water from my daughter. The council just keep saying it is the responsibility of the developer."

Since Monday, water pressure in the estate has risen albeit at a reduced rate with a stand pipe available to locals from 9am to 8pm daily.

Longford County Council said a leaflets were posted through the doors of affected households after ground staff identified a number of "seriously damaged pipes" in the estate.

Longford County Council said it was hopeful water restrictions in the Granard area would be relaxed by the end of the week as crews continue to repair damage to a burst water mains.

Anyone affected by restrictions or who are suffering from reduced water pressure can contact Longford County Council's water services department at (043) 3343428 or by emailing water@longforcoco.ie