Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council have confirmed to Midwest News this evening that as a result of three different bursts to water mains in the Ballina area since yesterday morning, it has impacted water supply to customers.
Irish Water says the bursts have been extremely complex due to their proximity to existing utilities and the associated traffic management plans required.
On Monday in Ballina the first burst occurred at 7am on the Cathedral Road and Abbey Street junction. A plan was put into action to feed the majority of affected customers by diverting water via the Bunree Road.
At 11am a second burst occurred at Bachelor’s Walk which was attended to immediately and repaired by 4pm.
This morning, at approximately 6am a third burst occurred on the main on the Bunree Road that was supplying the diverted water to customers affected by the Cathedral Road and Abbey Street burst. This has led to disruptions to supply in Abbey Street, Church Road, Bonniconlon Road, Attymass, Bunree and surrounding areas.
This has been updated on the water.ie website and notices informing customers are running on MidWest Radio throughout the day.
Crews are currently on site on Abbey Street carrying out repairs which are estimated to be completed by 4pm.
However, it is likely that it may take a number of hours for water to be fully restored while the main is recharged.
Further works will be required later this afternoon on the Bunree Road.
Festival and increased seasonal traffic yesterday added to the complexity of carrying out these repairs and traffic management was put in place to minimise disruption to motorists.
Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to apologise to customers affected by these unplanned bursts.
The utility company say Ccrews have worked hard since early yesterday morning to complete repairs during an extraordinary situation where three bursts occurred in one town. All available resources are being utilised to minimise disruption and tankers have been organised as an alternative supply for anyone without a water supply.
Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure.
Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to apologise to customers impacted by these unplanned outages and ensure them that they are working hard to restore supply to affected customers as quickly as possible.
The supply and service section of the Irish Water website, www.water.ie, will be updated as repairs continue throughout the day. Any customer with a query in relation to these unplanned events can contact the Irish Water customers care line on 1850 278 278.