Clonkeen drought for nine days

CLONKEEN Group Water scheme on the Mountrath Road has been without water for almost two weeks. "The council supply the water, but we own everything else," explained secretary, Frances O'Reilly.

CLONKEEN Group Water scheme on the Mountrath Road has been without water for almost two weeks. "The council supply the water, but we own everything else," explained secretary, Frances O'Reilly.

"We have had no water since Christmas Day and people are getting very irate now. It was on and off for a few days before that."

According to Ms O'Reilly, there were two major leaks caused by work which the NRA carried out during the motorway construction.

"The NRA repaired the leak they caused before Christmas, the council tried to blame the second leak on us and it took us a week to discover that it wasn't," Ms O'Reilly claimed.

"The council are trying to fix the leak today (Tuesday) but we have no idea when the water will be back. It's very hard especially for older people and young families. You can't do washing, we're buying bottled water because the council haven't even provided us with a water tanker.

"The water was turned back on for two hours on New Years Eve to allow people to fill their tanks to flush toilets, but it would want to be turned on a couple of times a day."

Ms O'Reilly claims that there is no water from the turn at Lewis Garage on the Mountrath Road, and she claimed that this was as a result of low water levels in both the Pallas and Catholes Resevoir. "It's affecting a lot of people," she said.

The council expected Clonkeen to have water on Tuesday (yesterday), when water levels were restored at Pallas reservoir.