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25 Sept 2022

Emergency works being carried out to restore water supply to Cooley Peninsula after pump failure

Local Councillor Antóin Watters has said that reservoir levels are 'critically low'

Irish Water warns of disruption to services for Louth customers

Water outages in Cooley

Irish Water have said that emergency works are being carried out in the Cooley Peninsula after pump failures cause water supply shutoffs in north Louth.

The emergency works are being carried out at Carlingford water treatment plant and Ardtullybeg water treatment plant, after a power surge overloaded both facilities.

Over the weekend, an ESB pole was struck, which caused the power supply to both plants to be disrupted.

When the power was restored however, the resulting surge caused a pump in each of the plants to overload and fail.

According to Irish Water, this has left customers in Carlingford, Rath North, Cooley and Ardtully Beg areas without water.

Sinn Féin Cllr Antóin Watters said that the resevoirs in the area are "critically low".

Irish Water have said that specialized contractors are now carrying out essential maintenance and upgrade works to repair the pumps and restore the water supply as soon as possible.

"Irish Water understands the inconvenience caused when emergency works occur and thanks customers for their patience while we complete these essential works," said Donal Heaney of Irish Water.

"Dedicated water services crews are working to restore water to all customers at this time.”

Currently, Irish Water have set up alternative water supplies at the following locations for residents.

In Omeath, water is available at At the recycling bins, at St James Well and at Bush Junction.

In Jenkinstown, water is available at Fitzpatrick's Bar and Restaurant.

People have been asked to bring their own containers when taking water from the tanker, and that they should boil the water before consumption as a precautionary measure.

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