Flood said “On Friday the watermain on the North Quay burst yet again. Although the burst happened in the early hours of Friday Morning, apart from turning off the water, work did not start on correcting the problem until after 9am. The first notice from the council was emailed at 9:06am but at that stage the whole Northern Environs of Drogheda knew they were without water.”
Councillor Flood has been asking for an improved response from the Council and is dissatisfied with the level of response. “I called the out of hours council service and requested that stand-pipes and drinkable water be made available in the affected areas. Despite asking for a call back, my calls were not returned.”
In frustration Kenneth Flood took to Twitter to notify the local media outlets so they could inform people what was happening. Louth County Council and Irish Water have not updated their websites since Friday morning. Flood said “when I phoned them at various times asking for updates, they simply said ‘we’re working on the problem’ and then all updates ceased after hours.”
When water services were restored in late afternoon the water was thick with lime and sediment, making it unusable. On Saturday morning, the same watermains burst again.
The Sinn Féin councillor phoned Irish Water to inform them of the burst main and asked that they post updates on their website and to call him back with information on when services can be resumed. An outraged Flood said “their response was unbelievable. They told me as it was the weekend there would be no updates or information available. This is a completely unacceptable situation. People want to know what is happening and the company tasked with providing a service is only operating during office hours. Again people were left without water for most of the day and when it returned it was like alka-seltzer coming out of the taps.”
“Once again the people of Drogheda have had 2 days without water and Irish Water and LCCs response to the 7th water outage in this area this year has been the same as the first. We have citizens with young babies who can’t even make bottles for them. The children were sent home from the Aston Village Educate Together National School because there was no water. Businesses are affected and Irish Water doesn’t seem to care. This is unacceptable. The service is lackluster and it proves they are unable to provide for the People of Drogheda.”