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Council battling to plug leaks and repair burst pipes

The Galway City council staff were yesterday battling to deal with the disruption of water supplies in the west side of the city by monitoring and repairing burst pipes and leaks on the mains.

According to a statement from Galway City Council there was some improvement in the water levels in the reservoirs, however demand remained “exceptionally high” throughout the city. It is believed that this relentless demand on the troubled water supplies is due to a combination of taps being left running and pipes bursting in the cold weather. City council staff are continuing to work on repairing these burst pipes and any leaks on the mains as and when they become aware of them.

The Claremont and Rockfield Park area of Rahoon has been experiencing low pressure and council staff were in the area on Tuesday afternoon setting up standpipes.

The statement goes on to explain: “As water service crews work to restore sufficient pressure for the water supply, some houses and premises, particularly in elevated areas of Knocknacarra (including Upper Ballymoneen Road), Rahoon, and the Circular Road area, may experience diminished water pressure and temporary loss of water supply”.

Council staff had repaired three major leaks which occurred on Monday and were also called to deal with a reported four leaks in the Shantalla, Taylor’s Hill, and Salthill areas this week.

The city council has issued an apology to affected householders saying that while it regrets the “inconvenience” caused, the “adjustment of pressure and service to different estates and areas at different times is essential to distribute the available water supply”. The council added that it is working to avoid the situation that has arisen in other local authorities where all the water supply has been suspended completely at night time.

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