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Council hopes to restore water supply after shut off in Limerick

Some 1,500 households in Askeaton, Foynes, Shanagolden, Creeves and surrounding areas have had their water supply shut off overnight.
Jan 20th 2012, 7:48 AM 1,147 4

LIMERICK COUNTY COUNCIL hopes to restore water supply to some 1,500 homes later today after an oil spill caused it to be shut off in some areas overnight.

The council said last night that a volume of kerosene had entered the River Deel forcing it to shut off the water supply to some 1,500 homes in Askeaton, Foynes, Shanagolden, Creeves and surrounding areas.

It also ceased production at the Shannon Estuary Area Water Supply Plant in Askeaton until the pollution incident has passed.

The supply was expected to be restored this morning but it now appears likely that residents will have to wait until later today for full supply to be restored to their homes.

In the mean time water will be rationed to those houses affected as the Council waits for the oil spill to disperse and reviews the situation. Limerick County Council senior engineer Donal Brennan said that he did not suspect foul play was involved in the incident.

“We, at this stage, do not believe it was malicious,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

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