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Disruption to city water supply - latest update


  11.00 a.m. Frday November 20th 2009

Large areas of the western side of the city are seriously flooded including the Water Treatment Plant on the Lee Road.

As a result of the flooding Cork City Council cannot treat water and approximately 40% of the city has experienced supply disruption. This figure will increase as the day progresses and the available treated water in the reservoirs is consumed.


Crews are on standby to assess and repair the damage to the Treatment Plant and this work will commence as soon as the flood waters subside. Unfortunately it is estimated that it will be a number of days before water supply can be restored. 

Arrangements have been made to tanker emergency drinking water supplies to the following locations across the city.

Ballyvolane Shopping Centre

Blackpool Shopping Centre

Hollyhill Shopping Centre

St Mary’s Orthopedic Hospital, Bakers Road, Gurranabraher

Nemo Rangers GAA, South Douglas Road


Supplies will be available at these locations later this afternoon and this manned service will be available till 8pm tonight and again in the coming days. Additional emergency supplies will be advised in due course.

While there may be minor discolouration or pressure variations in unaffected areas the City Council wishes to advise that no contaminated water has entered the distribution system and as such all supplies are safe to use.

Cork City Council regrets the disruption in service but wishes to advise the public that every effort is being made to restore water as quickly as possible.

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