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City Water Supplies – update 14/1/10 @ 4pm

Cork City Council confirms today (14/1/10) that water supplies have been restored across the city and any remaining temporary standpipe facilities will be removed at 6pm this evening.

The City Council will continue to prioritise the normal daytime supplies.  Demands continue to be extremely high due to the level of leaks arising. In order to safeguard supplies and repair leaks night-time restrictions have been in operation – mainly in the northern part of the city where significant losses have arisen. Supply restrictions will continue to be imposed after 8pm and restored in the early morning.

Repair crews continue to carry out essential work in detecting and repairing leaks.  The Council is asking the public to:

-         repair leaks on private property as quickly as possible

-         not to hoard water supplies


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 the ground temperatures rise sufficiently.  

As a precautionary measure a Boil Water Notice was issued on 12/1/10 and applies to the affected areas 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 


Contact Numbers


Cork City Council’s Freephone number is 1800 283034, 8.00am – 8.00pm. 

Outside these hours, please ring the emergency telephone number 021 4966512

For queries relating to areas in the county, please contact Cork County Council on 021 4971411






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