Cork homes could face water disruption following a fire at a water treatment plant

Cork homes could face water disruption following a fire at a water treatment plant

Up to 3,500 homes in North Cork could face interruptions to their water supply following a fire at a water treatment plant.

A fire occurred at approximately 3pm on Sunday at an electrical panel in Freemount water treatment plant. Nobody was injured but the fire has resulted in equipment at the plant not being available to produce water for the Allow Regional scheme. 

Irish Water and Cork County Council said they are working with specialist contractors to assess the impact and the extent of works involved to safely restore normal production as soon as possible.

Storage in reservoirs is expected to be depleted by Monday morning. Approximately 3,500 people will be affected in Freemount, Milford, Liscarroll, Dromina and surrounding areas. 

"In order to minimise the extent of supply interruption, and while works are progressed to address the damage at the treatment plant, Irish Water have this evening commenced transporting water to the reservoirs serving the scheme and will expand these efforts tomorrow and over the coming days."

Irish Water said customers should check their website for updates and contact their call centre on 1850 278 278 if they have any concerns, particularly vulnerable customers who Irish Water are engaging with directly.

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