Breaking: Water restored in Newtowncashel

Aisling Kiernan

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Aisling Kiernan

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Irish Water

Irish Water

Longford Co Council has confirmed within the last few minutes that the water supply to 250 homes in Newtowncashel has been restored.  

Earlier today concerns were mounting in the area over how long it is going to take fix the water supply to 250 homes in the area.

A water mains burst yesterday evening leaving numerous families in Newtowncashel without water.

It was initially anticipated that the problems could be fixed today, however a local area representative told the Leader that Irish Water indicated yesterday that it will send a crew to Newtowncashel “when it can”.

The problems began when a burst occurred on the rising water mains to the reservoir in the south Longford village.

Cllr Mark Casey (Ind) said he spent one hour and 15 minutes on the phone to Irish Water yesterday trying to explain to a member of staff where Newtowncashel was!

He also pointed out that a local plumber came forward this morning and told him that he would fix the problem in no time.

However, it has emerged that only Irish Water staff can fix the water problems and the company cannot say for definite when a crew will be made available to carry out the necessary works. 

Meanwhile,  in a statement, Irish Water said the burst in Newtowncashel was repaired this morning.

It is also advised customers in Co Longford that, due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, some water treatment plants in the county were struggling to keep up with supply demands.

“Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected,” the company added.

“Customers are being asked to check vacant properties for leaks and repair them as soon as possible as they are having an impact on the available water in the public network.

“Farmers are also being asked to check for any leaks on water troughs for animals and carry out repairs as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Irish Water working in partnership with Longford County Council thanks customers for their patience while we work to resolve all issues due to the extremely cold weather conditions and would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”