Water may not return to all households and businesses in Ardee until 9am on Thursday, Irish Water say.
This comes after engineers earlier said that the full supply should be back by 6pm on Wednesday.
IRISH WATER UPDATE – 4PM, WEDNESDAY
Irish Water now say that due to low reservoir levels having occurred following pump repairs at the Water Treatment Plant, supply disruptions may continue until 9am on Thursday December 14th.
The areas affected are: Ardee, Blakestown, Kilpatrick, Ballapousta, Cluide, Smarmore, Rathgory, Mullameelan, Mulladrillen, Stabannan, Dromin and surround areas.
Many areas of Ardee and the surrounding hinterland have been experiencing water outages today. Irish Water say that the outage has come as part of upgrade work being undertaken as part of the upgrade of the water treatment plant in the town.
However, ThisIsArdee.ie believes that a broken pipe has left the local reservoir empty overnight, leading to the major outage. That issue had been thought to have been rectified now and water was expected to be returning gradually over the afternoon. However, this process now may taken until Thursday morning.
According to Fine Gael councillor Dolores Minogue, engineers had informed her that all supply should be restored by 6pm.
A number of schools – including Ardee Community School and Scoil Mhuire na Trocaire – have closed early today due to the outage while businesses have taken to social media to air their displeasure at the unexpected outage.
Irish Water said this morning that the outage might reach areas as wide ranging as Ardee, Pepperstown, Mullanstown, Smarmore, Ballapousta, Stabannan, Dromin, Tallanston and other surrounding areas in Co. Louth.