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Return of piped water supply – advice to householders – NEW (4.15 p.m., 26/11/09)

FREEFONE 1800 283 034   (8am – 10pm)

Outside of these hours, please telephone the 24-hour emergency number 021 4966512


It is anticipated that normal piped water supplies will roll-out to the affected areas of the northside of the city over the coming days.

Cork City Council wishes to advise that customers may experience difficulties with regard to pressure, air locks and discoloration as the supply is restored.  These difficulties are normal and to be expected after the major disruption that has occurred to the water supply system.  

Among the difficulties that can be expected are:

·                    Fluctuations in water pressure – will affect the rate of flow from taps.

·                    Discoloration – may occur, but will dissipate over time. 

·                    Airlocks – impeding the flow of water.


Consumers are asked to allow time for water to settle in their storage tanks/pipes and to ensure the clarity of water before using washing machines and other washing appliances so as to prevent staining.

Meanwhile both emergency drinking water (subject to ongoing advice re boil before use) and sanitary water will continue to be made available at 55 locations around the city and will continue until water supplies are satisfactorily restored to all areas. Details of locations are available on the Cork City Council website

Cork City Council regrets the significant inconvenience to the public but hopes that the people of Cork will bear with them in this emergency situation. 

The Council can be contacted at the following number to provide advice/ assistance on such matters.

FREEFONE 1800 283034.




Valerie O’Sullivan,

Director of Emergency Services,

Cork City Council,

City Hall,






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