Limerick workers thanked for Christmas Day effort

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A SENIOR engineer at Limerick City Council has praised council staff who responded to an emergency call on Christmas Day after one of the city’s main water-mains burst.

A SENIOR engineer at Limerick City Council has praised council staff who responded to an emergency call on Christmas Day after one of the city’s main water-mains burst.

Hundreds of households in the Corbally area were left without a water supply from around 10am after an eight-inch pipe serving the area burst at Corbally Road.

A number of council workers were called in from home in an effort to restore the supply.

And workers from Tallybrooke Civil engineers in Rathkeale also provided assistance on the day.

“We are on call 27/7 - 365 days a year and we always rally the troops and you can’t leave the side down,” said company director Jim Moore.

Dave Keane, senior engineer at Limerick City Council’s water department, said the timing of the burst pipe was unfortunate.

“These things can happen at any time and it was just unfortunate that it happened to be on Christmas day. We have systems in place for out-of-hours emergencies and it is nice to see that it worked on this occasion,” he said.

Water was diverted to the Corbally area from elsewhere in the city once the location of burst pipe was identified and isolated by City Council workers.

This resulted in thousands of homes in other parts of the city experiencing low pressure for several hours.

“We were anxious to ensure that any disruption was kept to a minimum but for washing and toilets, people would still have had storage tanks in their attics, which should have been more than adequate,” said Dave Keane.

With the help of the private contractors, the main road was dug up and repair works carried on the pipe before the supply was restored at around 3pm on Christmas Day.

“I think we did as good a job in fixing the burst pipe and restoring the supply as we would have done on any normal working day,” said Dave Keane who said the events of Christmas Day show the commitment and dedication of staff at the local authority.

“We have plans in place for such occurrences and they worked and I want to thank all those staff members and the contractors who came in and missed their Christmas dinner and I want to thank Gerry Lynch (of Tallybrooke Civil engineers) for reacting and getting his crews out so quickly and at such short notice,” he said.