Water tankers are on the way to the Drogheda area from all over Ireland, Fergus O’Dowd, Fine Gael TD for Louth and East Meath, has said.
“At this moment water tankers are being mobilised all over Ireland and are on their way to the Drogheda and East Meath areas. Water tankers and containers from Northern Ireland Water have also been mobilised in a great show of cross border spirit.
“Locations in the affected areas have been selected for standalone water tanks and these will be replenished all day. This means that people will be able to go to these locations and fill up water containers.
“People must bring their own containers to avail of the water and are advised that water must be boiled before consumption as a precaution.
“The situation in Drogheda has reached crisis point. These are just temporary holding measures; I am calling on Irish Water to redouble their efforts to get this situation fixed.
“They have now assured me that a bespoke solution is now being engineered. This will not be ready until Tuesday and expected to be on site on Wednesday with water services beginning to be restored on Thursday.
“We need to get water reconnected to all local nursing homes and ensure that the supply in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda is safeguarded.
“One thing that has struck me during this emergency is the sense of people pulling together and the sense of community.
“I am asking that people check on elderly neighbours and those who have a disability.
“This crisis is affecting people lives, and I want the people of Louth and East Meath to know that I will continue to fight their corner,” the Fine Gael TD said.