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Irish Water appeals to people in Mountmellick to conserve water as reservoir levels drop following mechanical breakdown at pumping station

Irish Water in partnership with Laois County Council is appealing to the public in Mountmellick town and surrounding areas to conserve water where possible as reservoir levels are dropping following a mechanical breakdown of a pump.

The borehole pump at Straboe well supplying Derryguile water treatment plant broke down.

“Irish Water crews are onsite working to replace the pump as quickly and as safely as possible,” they said in a statement this afternoon.

“Following the successful installation of the new pump it will take a number of hours for reservoir levels to recover and for normal water supply to resume to impacted customers.

“Customers in Mountmellick town and surrounding areas may experience low water pressure and water outages while the emergency works are underway.

“It is expected that full water supply will return to customers by 10am tomorrow morning, Monday 20 September 2021.

“It is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing.”

Commenting on the emergency works, John Gavin, Irish Water said, “Irish Water understands the inconvenience when an interruption to supply occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to replace the pump at the borehole and restore normal supply to impacted customers as quickly and as safely as possible.

“Irish Water is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services.

“Irish Water and Laois County Council regrets any inconvenience caused. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.  For updates please see the water supply and services section of our website.”


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.