Irish Water says it’s taking active measures to restore water supply in North Clare.
It comes as almost 30,000 gallons of water has been delivered to Fanore and Ballyvaughan from other areas of the county, as part of efforts to ease pressure on the network.
A number of areas in the North, West and East of the county have been affected by water shortages and the matter has been raised in the Seanad today.
A number of homes across North and West Clare have been left without water in recent days, as increased demand during the heatwave has led to issues at the Ennistymon water treatment plant.
Fanore and Ballyvaughan are the worst affected areas, while night-time restrictions have also been imposed in areas such as Liscannor, Lahinch, Lisdoonvarna and Kilfenora, as part of efforts to recharge the reservoirs.
Almost 30,000 gallons of water has now been delivered to properties in North Clare, with hauliers from Lisdoonvarna-based Spa Transport working from 6am to midnight each day.
Managing Director, Eugene Drennan believes there’s a long road ahead, but he says they’re starting to make progress.
Councillors in West and North Clare are hitting out at Irish Water over a lack of communication on the matter, saying those who have been without water for several days feel as though they’ve been left in the dark.
Fianna Fáil’s Richard Nagle says people have been given no idea when supply will be restored:
The matter has been raised in the Seanad today, where Ennistymon Senator Martin Conway has accused Irish Water of “atrocious” behaviour.
The Fine Gael Senator has commended the efforts by Clare County Council engineers to restore supply, but he says the response by country’s water utility to peoples’ concerns has been unacceptable.
In a statement to Clare FM, Irish Water says it’s taking active measures to try to restore supply to the Fanore and Ballyvaughan areas.
It’s established 10 locations within the Fanore area where people can draw a domestic drinking water supply from temporary water tanks.
While additional water tanks have been established at Church Road and at the church car park in Ballyvaughan.
It’s making an urgent appeal to all our customers in the North Clare area to conserve water and has apologised for the disruptions being experienced.
Meanwhile, water restrictions are also continuing in east Clare, in the Tulla area between 10pm and 6am each night, to conserve the bore-hole supply servicing the town.