18 October 2017, 5pm
By Bryan Smyth
Irish Water is continuing to work with the ESB and Cork County Council to restore water supply to all customers in Co Cork in the wake of Storm Ophelia.
Cork and Waterford were the counties most badly impacted by outages due to the storm. At its peak there were 109,000 customers across the country without water. This has now been reduced to less than 24,000, approximately 12,000 of whom are in Cork.
To meet the demands of those plants without power Irish Water, working with Cork County Council, has been sourcing generators and putting them in place to get treatment plants back up and running.
At present, 26 generators are being used to power water treatment plants across the Southern region, serving a population of 90,000.
In the past 24 hours, supply has been restored in a large number of areas in Cork, including Cobh, Leap, Cloyne, Kealkill and Doneraile.
In locations where it is taking longer to restore water supply, tankers are being deployed to assist the communities.
The locations of these tankers are posted on https://www.water.ie/support/ophelia/https://irishwater.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=fc23e075b60b4380b2078a2ffbe1df8a
Customers can also get updates on the status of their supplies at 1850 278 278.
Irish Water is grateful for the commitment of its staff and those of the local authorities and the ESB who are working to address the issues arising from the storm as quickly as possible. We are also grateful for the patience and forbearance of our customers during this event.