The first phase of the repair to the ruptured 600mm trunk main was completed this afternoon. Engineers are now charging the pipe and have successfully pumped water from the Roughgrange pumping station to Staleen Water Treatment Plant. Initial pumping will be at a cautious volume to test the integrity of the repair.

Irish Water, Louth & Meath County Councils continue to provide assistance to customers by continuing the current mains water rationing plan and provision of water stations, tankers, and bottled water to vulnerable people.

Please note that if further work is required following a successful fix this will happen in a number of weeks when reservoirs are replenished so that any temporary outage will not affect customers. In addition planning for an overall 2.2km fix will begin shortly and updates on this will be communicated as the project progresses.

Additional details on Meath and Louth below

Meath:

A limited mains water supply will remain in place in the main urban centres in east and south east Meath (i.e. Duleek, Ashbourne, Stamullen, Ratoath, Laytown, Bettystown, Mornington) for the remainder of the day.

A limited mains water supply will return to the Donacarney and Grangerath areas for a period this evening. The limited mains water supply will cease during night-time hours in order to allow reservoirs to replenish.

Outlying areas (i.e. outside the main urban centres) are advised to continue to utilise the 34 designated water stations at 25 locations.

Defence Force personnel will continue to assist with the deployment of water at the designated stations.

An alternative mains water supply has been provided in south Ashbourne and Kilbride via a pipeline connection to the Fingal water supply.

All available Meath County Council personnel including the Fire & Emergency Services and Civil Defence remain deployed throughout the affected areas. Water storage units are continually being replenished and customers are reminded to bring clean containers, and as a precautionary measure to boil water taken from these stations before use.

Louth:

All 22 temporary water locations around Drogheda continue to be manned and replenished. Mains water rationing plan continues as outlined earlier and is being reviewed for tomorrow. Vulnerable customers around Drogheda, Clogherhead and Termonfeckin continue to be supplied coordinated by Louth Co Council Community Section assisted by Civil Defence and Community Groups. Irish Water and Louth County Council are continuing to proactively contact businesses to check their supply situation.

We would like to thank the public for their patience, and we apologise for the ongoing inconvenience while crews work to restore supply to all affected areas as soon as possible. We also thank and appreciate all help and support provided by both private and public sector organizations namely, Manley Construction, Diageo, Dublin City Council, Waterford City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Northern Ireland Water.

The Irish Water customer care helpline is available 24/7 on1850 278 278 and updates will be posted on @iwcare on Twitter and on www.water.ie www.louthcoco.ie orwww.meath.ie