THE majority of householders in Co Louth are breathing a sigh of relief as water supplies were restored in time for the New Year's Eve celebrations. According to Louth County Council, 95 per cent of water supplies were restored in the Dundalk area by noon on Friday, December 31 last.
Areas left without water on December 31 included Bay Estate, Smarmore and Ballapousta, however, work was ongoing to restore supplies. In the meantime, tankered supplies were made available in Smarmore and Ballapousta .
In Omeath, a small number of households were affected by air locks. In Tallanstown, supplies have been restored to all areas, however demand is just being met by production. Ongoing repair works may cause localised interruptions to supplies. Individual supply problems are also being addressed by staff.
Works are also ongoing in restoring individual supplies in the Clogherhead area. The local authorities warned that ongoing network repairs in Ardee, Dunleer, Tallanstown, Louth and Omeath may also lead to short term localised disruption.
Supply has been turned off to a number of unoccupied premises and owners should contact the local Authority to have the supply re-assumed when repairs are carried out.
Louth Local Authorities has extended its thanks to everyone who reported leaks, which greatly assisted in streamlining repair works and getting customer supplies restored.
Following the Big Freeze, a surge in temperatures left a trail of destruction. Council workers have been battling to repair burst pipes and leaks, which have destroyed property and drained scarce water reserves.
The cost of repairs is likely to be massive, and household insurance premiums could rise by as much as 15% in the wake of an avalanche of claims, industry experts have warned.
Members of the public have been urged to conserve water and report any leaks to councils.
l Water supplies have almost returned to normal