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Five 'boil water' notices issued as Storm Barra impacts water supplies of over 76,000 people

The Boil Water Notices are in place in Cork, Kerry, Donegal and Wexford

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Updated Dec 7th 2021, 5:59 PM

IRISH WATER HAVE issued five ‘boil water’ notices as the water supplies of over 76,000 people are currently being impacted due to Storm Barra. 

A total of 40 water supplies are being impacted across the country, particularly in Cork, Kerry, Donegal, Wexford and Waterford, due to the heavy rainfall and high winds, which is causing flooding and power outages at water plants.

In total, 76,173 people are experiencing water supply issues due to Storm Barra.

Irish Water has said that there is likely to be further impacts in the West and North West as the storm tracks northwards.

Boil water notices have been issued for Aughacasla and Caragh Lake in Kerry, Newmarket in Cork, Glenties in Donegal and Enniscorthy in Wexford.

In Cork, there are outages in Drinagh, Crostera, Whiddy Island, Carrigtwohill, Blarney, Tower, Clondrohid and Kilcrohane.

According to Irish Water, crews have been mobilised to repair the impacted plants but only when it is safe to do so. They are also working with the ESB to prioritise restoring power to plants impacted by electricity outages.

“Irish Water is working closely with Local Authorities and other partners to ensure that the risk to service interruption is minimised during the storm and to make repairs as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Tom Cuddy, Irish Water’s head of Operations.

“We have been working closely with the National Emergency Co-ordination Committee since yesterday to co-ordinate the national response.

“The Irish Water contact centre is available 24/7 on 1800 278278 to support our customers during this time. Customers are urged to report loss of service or visible leaks to assist Irish Water to identify bursts.”

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