By Dan Walsh
Irish Water and Wexford County Council have successfully repaired a burst water mains that affected the supply to consumers in the Enniscorthy areas of Templeshannon, Clonhaston, Fr. Murphy Park and Hempfield today.
Meanwhile, Irish Water and Wexford County Council are asking homes and businesses to check for leaks in order to reduce overall demand for drinking water. There has been a steady increase in demand over the Christmas period spiking in the past few days following the recent cold spell that saw sub-zero temperatures over a number of days. Following freezing temperatures and the subsequent thaw the public water network has experienced a higher than normal volume of bursts.
Speaking to WexfordLocal.com, Brian O’Leary, Regional Operations Lead, Irish Water, said: “We are currently addressing bursts across the network with our partners in Wexford County Council but we are also appealing to homes, businesses and those responsible for unoccupied buildings to check for leaks whilst adhering to current public health regulations and advice, and to turn off water where it’s not needed. We ask that they check outside pipes in particular that can become frozen and burst during periods of cold weather and report leaks they see on the public network to us. We are also asking the public to conserve water where possible and to only use what they need whilst continuing to adhere to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding COVID-19. We have seen demand creeping up in recent weeks, spiking over the past few days. Safe, clean, treated water is not in unlimited supply and we all have to play a part in conserving it for essential use.”
There are lots more tips on how to conserve water in your home, business or school on our website at https://www.water.ie/conservation/ To report a leak please contact Irish Water on 1850 278 278.