Still no water in some areas of Leitrim
A statement from Irish Water this afternoon states "Irish Water, working in partnership with Leitrim County Council, would like to advise customers supplied by the Carrick-on-Shannon Water Treatment Plant that the plant is now fully operational following a failure at the plant over the weekend."
However a number of locals disagree with this statement. Francie Gilmartin told the paper today that at least 12 homes on the Drumbranad Group Water Scheme are still without water, having been cut off on Monday, June 4.
He said "This is the third time in the past 4-5 months that the area around Kilclare/ Letterfine and Gowel have been without water for a number of days." Mr Gilmartin who was a former Fianna Fáil Leitrim County Councillor said when he contacted Leitrim County Council they didn't know they were without water for three days.
Mr Gilmartin said at homes with young children and people over 90 years have been affected, he added "no one is offering us bottled water."
"It is 25 degrees today and we don't have water to wash our teeth," he commented.
He said their group water scheme needs to be hooked up to Keshcarrigan or a new pump in needed. Mr Gilmartin added that when Leitrim County Council was over the water this issue was "seldom."
In reponse to this a spokesperson for Irish Water told the paper, "These customers need to contact the operators of the Group Water Scheme. The Group Water Scheme is not operated by Irish Water. Customers who are supplied from the public water supply have their water restored at this point."
Irish Water says "All customers should be receiving a full supply of water and the alternative water supplies that were provided for customers have now been removed.
"The plant returned to full production on Monday afternoon and reservoir levels have replenished. Irish Water would like to thank customers for adhering to our appeal to conserve water while the reservoirs were recharging.
"Customers are asked to continue to conserve water while this warm weather continues by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings and avoiding the use of hoses to wash cars or water lawns. More water conservation tips can be found on the Irish Water website at https://www.water.ie/for-home/ conservation/be-water-smart/
"Irish Water and Leitrim County Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience as a result of this issue and thank customers for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time. We would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in restoring the Carrick on Shannon Water Treatment Plant to production."
Customers can contact the Irish Water customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278 or on Twitter @IWCare. Updates will be posted on our website at www.water.ie