Council intervenes as residents left high and dry

Togher Way in Urlingford. Photo: Pat Moore.
Homeowners and residents in Togher Way, Urlingford, were left high and dry last week when their water supply was suddenly cut off during the hottest spell of weather here in
years.

Homeowners and residents in Togher Way, Urlingford, were left high and dry last week when their water supply was suddenly cut off during the hottest spell of weather here in
years.

The water supplied to the estate is from a private well, operated and maintained by the developer of the housing scheme.

It is not connected to the public water supply – but some homeowners were unaware of this.

Late on Wednesday evening, residents contacted the local authority’s out-of-hours service to say that they had no water.

On Thursday, the council attempted to notify the developer, and as an interim measure installed a stand pipe.

One local resident said that when she bought her house, she was under the impression it was connected to a Mains water supply.

“It was gone since Monday or Tuesday,” she said.

“There’ s a standpipe now and I’m buying mineral water, but what about showers and washing machines? There are elderly people living here.”

Since then, arrangements have been put in place to restore supply on a temporary basis.

A statement from the council said it would continue to work with interested parties to reach a permanent resolution of the problem.