Irish Water and Wicklow County Council crews successfully completed repairs following a major 200mm main water main rupture on the Woodstock Road area in Newtownmountkennedy.
It broke out the main affected customers in Newtownmountkennedy, Kilcoole Village and surrounding areas. However, the teams were able to maintain supply in certain regions by reconfiguring the network.
Teams worked as quickly as possible to restore water supplies to affected customers. Repairs were complex due to the location of the burst and the presence of other services above the main which had to be carefully excavated.
Speaking about the burst, Peter Thornton, Irish Water said: “Dedicated teams successfully carried out the repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimize disruption in the area and restore water to all customers. Repairs were complex due to the location of the burst and the presence of other services. We understand the inconvenience unforeseen outages can have on customers, and we appreciate your patience as we strive to restore water supplies to homes and businesses as quickly and safely as possible. “
Peter continued, “Typically it takes several hours after repairs are completed to restore normal supply to all customers affected by an unplanned outage, but it is important to continue to follow HSE hand washing guidelines. . “
There may be temporary discoloration of the water and sometimes problems such as internal airlocks may occur as a result of a failure. For helpful tips on what to do after an outage, including how to clean the airlocks, visit the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-issues/following -an-outage /.