Conditions proving difficult for work on repairs to new burst water main in Carrick-on-Shannon

Alternative water supplies available

Leitrim Observer Reporter


Leitrim Observer Reporter

Irish Water and its contractors in partnership with Leitrim County Council are working hard to repair a burst water main on the Leitrim Road, Carrick on Shannon.

Repairs to the burst are proving difficult due to heavy rain over the past number of days which have made boggy ground conditions even more difficult to work with.

The new burst is on the same section of pipeline that burst last week. The pipe is an old cast iron mains pipe.

Customers in the following areas are affected by this unplanned outage and either have no water at present or are experiencing reduced pressures: Shannon Grove Estate, Cluain Ard Estate, Kingston Terrace, Lisnagot, Hartley and Clonsebane areas. Houses located in the higher areas will be most affected. An alternative water supply has been provided and will remain in place until a mains water supply has been restored.

The alternative water supplies can be found at the following locations:

  • St Mary’s Graveyard;
  • Elevated area of Shannon Grove Estate;
  • Elevated area of Cluain Ard Estate.

As a precautionary measure people using water from the alternative supplies are advised to boil water before consumption.

Commenting Georgina O’Reilly, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead for Co Leitrim said: “Irish Water working in partnership with Leitrim County Council and our contractors are committed to safeguarding the water supply for customers in Carrick-on-Shannon. Repairs to this burst are complex due to the ground conditions which deteriorated due to recent heavy rain. We are treating this repair as a priority and will keep the public updated as to our progress as work progresses.”

Customers in the areas affected are asked to conserve water in their homes and businesses while repairs to the burst pipe continue. Further information on conservation measures is available on the Irish Water website at conservation/conserve-water/

Irish Water says it understands the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore a full supply to impacted customers. A traffic management system will be in place for the duration of the works.

The customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. Updates will continue to be provided on the water supply and services section of the Irish Water website

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