Emergency water tankers in church and GAA car parks as Irish homes lose supply

Emergency water tankers in church and GAA car parks as Irish homes lose supply

EMERGENCY water supplies have been provided to homes in the south west of Ireland after a pump failure.

Ireland's Civil Defence were manning water tankers at a number of locations including church and GAA grounds after a pump supplying water to the Listowel Regional Water Treatment Plant failed.

People in Listowel, Moyvane, Knockanure, Lisselton, Finuge, Lixnaw and surrounding areas were all affected.

Irish Water and Kerry County Council said they were working to repair the pump as soon as possible but urged people to check in on neighbours and family, particularly the elderly.

"Replacement parts are being made in Mallow and engineers will continue to work throughout the day and late into the night to carry out this complex repair," Irish Water said in a statement last night.

"Senior officials from Irish Water and Kerry County Council have been on location throughout the day and are monitoring the situation closely.

"Exact timing on restoration of a full supply depends on progress of repair work and a further update will be provided as soon as it is available.

"In the meantime emergency water supplies will continue to be provided in the affected areas."

Bottled water was being distributed to vulnerable people, while alternative water supplies have also been diverted to the local hospital and where possible to other businesses in the area.

Water tankers were available at the following locations:

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