Water is slowly returning after repairsto a pump that failed at the Listowel Regional Water Treatment Plant in north Kerry have been completed.
Water slowly returning as repairs completed in Co Kerry
The disruption to thewater supply had leftthousands of households in the area without water - writes rte.ie.
The areas affected wereListowel, Tarbert, Moyvane, Knockanure, Lisselton, Finuge, Lixnaw and surrounding areas.
Water tankers had been deployed to some of the affected areas and alternative water supplies hadalso been diverted to the local hospital, nursing homes and where possible to other businesses in the area.
Irish Watersaid that replacement parts had to be specially made to carry out the repairs.
Margaret Attridge,Operations Manager at Irish Water said that 4,000 people were affected by the water outage.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, she said she was hopeful that water supply would be restored gradually during the day.
She said: "We will continue to have our tankers in place around Tralee for people to come and collect water from. We will continue to distribute bolted water and we will continue to fill the reservoirs until such time as supply will return to everybody.
"But as the morning goes on, if the pump keeps pumping we are hoping that slowly over the day we can start opening up valves and start releasing water to different areas of the network."
Irish Water said in a statement that work will continue on implementing a back-up pumping system so thatthe necessary resilience is in place for securing the supply.
"We will be implementing a full replacement of these pumps as part of an upgrade programme and the timing of this replacement is being reviewed by Irish Water following this incident," the statement said.
Irish Watersaid that water tankers will continue to be available at the following locations today until full service is restored to customers.
- Listowel - The Square and car park at Kerry County Council offices
- Lisselton - Car Park at Lisselton Cross
- Lixnaw - Church Car Park
- Knockanure - Church Car Park
- Finuge - Car Park at GAA Grounds
- Moyvane - Church Car Park
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