Councillor Kenneth Flood has called on Irish Water to begin work on the water mains on the North Quay in Drogheda immediately. This area has seen an unusually large number of bursts in previous months.
Speaking today, Councillor Flood said “Irish Water released funding in July this year to lay 287m of water main from the junction of Shop Street to the junction of Constitution Hill. This area has had more than its fair share of bursts and businesses in the area are disrupted and some have to close every time it happens. The replacement water main was due to be done in October 2014 but it didn’t happen.”
Councillor Flood has been in contact with Irish Water on the issue. “They told me it was at the ‘detailed design stage’ and work was due to begin in February 2015. I am calling for this work to begin immediately. We have been waiting since July. There will inevitable be further outages or disruption to supply until this is resolved once and for all.”
Councillor Flood did however welcome the assurance from Irish Water that they would improve their communication with residents during any further outages. Flood has been very critical in the past at the lack of information from Irish Water and Louth County Council.
Cllr Flood said “they have agreed to undertake a comprehensive media campaign to inform customers of the
logistical arrangements and provide status updates on repairs and restoration times via the Louth County Council web site, social media and local radio. I will be in contact with them again to ensure that these essential
services and vital updates are available not just during office hours.”
Councillor Flood also welcomed the news that Irish Water have agreed to provide water tankers to affected areas in the future.