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Progress Report on Water Treatment Plant Repairs – new (4.30pm, 24/11/09)


Emergency repairs are continuing on the critical treatment and pumping equipment at the Waterworks on the Lee Road which was extensively damaged by the recent unprecedented floods. The Waterworks supplies large parts of the city, particularly on the Northside which are fed from the high level reservoirs in Knocknaheeny and Shanakiel.

Due to the extensive nature of the damage, repairs of the mechanical and electrical equipment being undertaken by specialist contractors will take some days.  It is hoped that the Waterworks will be back at full production capacity before next Sunday 29th November.  It may take an additional 2 to 3 days to return the distribution system for drinking water to normal (due to anticipated difficulties such as silting, airlocking, valving etc). Further public information notices will be issued in due course.

Meanwhile both emergency drinking water (subject to advice to boil) and sanitary water will continue to be made available at 55 locations around the city and will continue until water supplies are satisfactorily restored. 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 City Council wish to assure the public that all that can be done is being done by the integrated efforts of the response team in Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Civil Defence, An Garda Síochána, Army, Navy and HSE. 



Valerie O’Sullivan,

Director of Emergency Services,

Cork City Council,

City Hall,


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