Works To Address Miltown Water Supply Issues Won’t Be Completed Before 2021

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Irish Water has apologised for ongoing supply issues in parts of West Clare.

A large number of homes and businesses in Miltown Malbay and surrounding areas were left without water for the fourth time in as many weeks yesterday, an issue that has been happening on an ongoing basis for several years.

Some have to wait a number of days for water to return.


The first phase of works aimed at addressing the issue has already been completed, but Irish Water says the second won’t be completed until early next year.

For the fourth time in as many weeks, homes and businesses in the Miltown Malbay and surrounding areas were left without water yesterday, due to a burst water main.

Clare County Council crews, working on behalf of Irish Water, were dispatched and the issue was fixed last evening.

But restoring supply takes hours, and some were still without water this morning.

The Miltown area has faced ongoing supply issues for a number of years, often in the peak of the tourist season and last week the Minister with responsibility for Irish Water gave assurances that he would look into the matter.

Emma O’Brien, who lives in nearby Kilfarboy, has been without water for eight our of the past nineteen days.

She says the wait for adequate supply is taking too long.

The trunk main water pipe in the area is over fifty years old, and Water has already replaced a section of it from Mullagh to Miltown.

The second phase of the works, which covers the network between Mullagh and Annagh Bridge, is planned but won’t be finished before early 2021.

Irish Water Spokesperson Duane O’Brien says the areas across the country most in need of works are being prioritised by the company.

Irish Water has committed to speaking with Clare County Council to see if issues in the Miltown area can be resolved.

Marese O’Sullivan, Clare FM, first for local news.