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Restoration of Water Supply (Update 13 January 4.00 p.m.)


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Cork City Council wishes to advise the public that the water supply is being restored to the affected areas of the city. The temporary standpipe facilities will however remain in place for as long as is necessary. 

The Council is confident that normal daytime water supply will now be maintained across the city.  In order to safeguard supply pending the repair of existing and emerging leaks, night-time supply restrictions will be in operation in parts of the city – especially those areas where major losses occur.


The City Council’s intention is to minimise the impact for consumers and so supplies in these areas will be restricted after 8pm and restored in the morning. 

The conservation of water is essential and the Council is asking the public:

·        not to fill baths or hoard water and

·        to repair any leaks on private property as quickly as possible.

 The public is also being advised that localised problems of frozen domestic pipes continue to disrupt supply to individual houses. These difficulties are not associated with the network supply and will resolve themselves once ground temperatures rise sufficiently.

The demands on the network remain extremely high due largely to the leaks arising. Repair crews are carrying out ongoing leak detection and repair work and it is envisaged that this will continue into next week. 

As a precautionary measure a Boil Water Notice was issued yesterday and applies to this area only (see map and advice below).  It is hoped that the Boil Water Notice will be lifted before the weekend – further notice to issue in due course.  It should be noted that a limited area located in the county is also subject to this Boil Water Notice – refer to



Only boiled water should be used for:

·        Drinking

·        Drinks made with water

·        Food preparation

·        Brushing of teeth

·        Making of ice

·        Preparation of baby feeds (bottled water should not be used to prepare  baby feeds unless it is stated clearly on the bottle that it is safe to do so).

·        Washing of cooking utensils, dishes and crockery

General Information

Bring water to a rolling boil (e.g. as with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover water and store in a refrigerator or cold place .Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink. Discard ice cubes/ filtered water from fridges/ freezers. Make ice from cooled boiled water. Unboiled water can be used for personal hygiene (except brushing teeth and gargling), bathing and flushing toilets. Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure they do not ingest the water. It is safer to use boiled and subsequently cooled water for the bathing of infants. Only cooled boiled water should be used in the preparation of salads, fruit and vegetables especially where they are not cooked prior to eating.

Water dispensers which are fed from a mains supply should not be used as a source of drinking water. 

The Boil Water Notice is precautionary and will remain in place until such time as Cork City Council is satisfied and has verified mains supplies.

To view map of affected areas please click on link below:

Boil Water Notice Area Map Jan 2010






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