Engineers at Cavan County Council have been praised after essential maintenance being carried out on water supply in Belturbet was completed ahead of time.
Water was restored to the erneside town late yesterday evening (Thursday), however it has been warned that it will “take a long time” before the local reservoir is working back at full capacity.
Newly elected Independent Councillor Brendan Fay took to social media to provide updates.
He praised the “great progress” made thanks to the “diligence” of the County Engineer and Municipal District manager who ensured that all extra necessary works which had only been expected to conclude on Monday, July 1, were now “nearing completion.”
“Following on from the concerns raised by myself this morning on behalf of the people of Belturbet, this extra work has been completed in tandem with the original work scheduled for today,” he posted on social media yesterday afternoon.
Cllr Fay though urged patience should any “unforeseen problems” arise. “The reservoir will take a long time to refill and all sorts of hitches such as air locks may have to be dealt with along the way.
I will keep you updated as soon as I hear more tonight. Thanks once again to the hardworking staff on the ground today.”
The essential works were being carried out by Cavan County Council, working in partnership with Irish Water.
During the disruptions, alternative water sources were provided by the placement of water tankers at Centra Supermarket and the Ducking Stool. As a precautionary measure, the Council and Irish Water are recommending that any members of the public who obtain water from these tankers boil it before use.
A similar warning has been given in respect of provisions being supplied to alleviate the disruptions caused to the Ballyhaise Public Water Supply are as result of ongoing work to the network.
“Essential maintenance” started on the network on Monday last, June 24, and is expected to run until next month, July 8.
A statement issued on the Council’s website said that the Ballyhaise network is being flushed and chlorinated to remove any sediment build up and other deposits.
“Customers may notice a different taste and odour quality over current water quality. The HSE has advised that the water is safe to drink and can be used as normal for the duration of the works.”
Tankered water will also be available at The Square in Ballyhaise Village.