Thousands of people in Louth facing further water shortages after pipe burst
Thousands of people in Louth and East Meath are facing water shortages for the second time this year after a pipe burst occurred earlier today.
The pipe burst has occurred close to the same area in Drogheda last year which saw up to 100,000 people affected for a week.
Irish Water released the following statement in relation to the pipe burst, with an update said to be provided tomorrow morning.
The statement said: "A burst has occurred on the pipeline serving the Staleen Water Treatment Plant which serves Drogheda and East Meath. A repair crew is on site to assess the burst and begin repairs."
"The burst is close to the same location as the burst which occurred last year."
The statement continued: "The treated drinking water reservoir serving Drogheda and East Meath has enough water to maintain a water supply to customers for the present.
"We are asking all customers to conserve water until we can can confirm a timeline for resumption of a normal water supply. We will provide a further update in the morning and during tomorrow as the picture becomes clearer.
"While we are hopeful that the repair on this occasion will be achieved in a shorter timeframe we are nevertheless mobilizing our full Crisis Management Team so that we will have contingency measures in place to respond to whatever circumstances arise.
"Irish Water has approved the budget and design for a new pipeline to replace the existing lines. We are in the final stages of resolving all of the contractual issues to begin mobilization of construction of this pipeline within weeks."