FIRE BRIGADE CALLED INTO WATER DELIVERY ACTION IN MITCHELSTOWN
Fire brigade trucks were used this week to deliver water to housing estates in Mitchelstown after numerous calls from residents to Cork County Council. Residents in Ardmhuillin contacted the county council engineers after their water supply failed at the weekend.
“We have no water now for almost three days, when I contacted the county council they said that they had no plans to deliver emergency water to housing estates in Mitchelstown because they had not been informed that there was a problem with the water supply in the town,” Ardmhuillin resident, Mary Finn, told The Avondhu.
While many houses in Mitchelstown and the surrounding area were without water earlier this week council engineer, Brendan O’Gorman, told The Avondhu that, while the council was supplying water tankers to homes in Fermoy, no plans were in place to extend this service to Mitchelstown.
However, after a call from The Avondhu, Mr O’Gorman confirmed that the situation would be reviewed and that water would be supplied to the households that needed it. A number of business premises, including the Permanent TSB Bank, Barnies Cafe and The Avondhu offices, were also without water on Monday.
Cllr Pa O’Driscoll who was instrumental in arranging water tankers for many residents in Fermoy joined in the call for the council to ensure that the same service is made available for residents in Mitchelstown.
“Many homes in both towns are without water and with the thaw underway more damage will be caused to pipes. Water tankers are now in place in many estates in Fermoy and I have been told that supplies to homes in Mitchelstown will also be available today (Monday),” he told The Avondhu.
Meanwhile, Aidan Weir, senior engineer with Cork County Council, has called for homes to ration water as the systems in many towns are in need of repair.
“Water supplies are low at the moment due to burst pipes and because of many people who mistakenly believed that if they left their taps running their water supply would not freeze,” Mr Weir said.
Thursday 14th January 5:52pm