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Water service in northeast may be gone until Thursday

Water service in northeast may be gone until Thursday

Irish Water said the burst main was supplying raw water to the Staleens water treatment plant in Drogheda.

The leak occurred on Friday morning and has continued over the weekend with many people facing a fourth day without any water on Monday.

The company has warned it will now have to build another "bespoke" solution "from scratch" in order to resume services.

A burst water main has caused disruption to the water supply in Drogheda and parts of east Meath including Ashbourne, Ratoath and Duleek since Friday.

Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd has stated that water tankers need to be brought into the affected areas, describing the water levels to be at a "crisis level".

"Restaurants can't open, shops won't be able to open, businesses won't be able to function, households can't function", he said.

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Irish Water and Louth County Council say repairing the leak has proven hard because of the age of the pipe, but it is trying to maintain a steady supply to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, in Drogheda, Co Louth.

"This should ensure that all locations have water for certain periods".

"That is a real, absolute crisis and Irish Water have not shown that they have the capacity to deal with that issue". "They are not consistent and they are giving the public absolutely no confidence that this is going to be resolved".

"Water is also being tankered to Stamullen and Cairns reservoirs to augment the supply there", Irish Water said in a statement.

Up to a sprawl of 60,000 people are now without water this morning in the South Louth/East Meath district of Drogheda and its surrounding areas.