Irish Water supplies restored after burst main repair

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Irish Water has asked people to continue to conserve their mains water supply for the next few days until supply returns to normal

A burst water main which left about 50,000 people without water in the Republic of Ireland for almost a week has now been repaired.

The pipe, which supplies Staleen Water Treatment Plant in County Louth, burst on Friday.

Parts of County Louth and County Meath were affected, leading to rationing and queues at emergency water stations.

Irish Water said reservoirs were beginning to fill, but it will take time to restore supply to all areas.

The company said water supply has now returned to all areas of Drogheda, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin.

Safe to drink

All temporary water stations set up at various locations across east Meath and Louth will be stood down by the end of Thursday, it added.

"There will continue to be isolated areas and areas on high ground that may experience disruption and or low pressure for some hours," said a conpany spokesperson.

"When the water returns, it may appear low in pressure at first but it should build back up over a number of hours.

"There may be some slight discolouration of the water but this can be cleared by running the cold kitchen tap."

While the water is safe to drink, customers may have airlocks in their pipes.

Information on how to remove airlocks can be found on Irish Water's website.