UPDATE: Repairs to major pipe burst in Limerick expected to finish tonight

UPDATE: Irish Water and Limerick Council working to restore supply after major pipe burst

REPAIRS to a major pipe burst in Limerick City are expected to be completed by 9pm this Saturday night, but full water supply to homes may take some time to return.

The pipe burst occurred on the Dublin Road adjacent to Railway Bridge this Saturday.

Significant areas of the city centre have been affected by low pressure and loss of service, with Saint Patricks Hill, Dublin Road, Rhebouge Road and surrounding areas of Limerick City experiencing water outages. 

“Crews are on site and are working to repair the burst as quickly as possible, however the repair is proving complex due to difficult ground conditions from the recent heavy rainfall," an Irish Water spokesperson said. 

“The repair is expected to be completed at approximately 9pm tonight. Once the repair is complete water supply will begin to be restored. Full water service may take some time to return as water refills the network.”

A traffic management system is also place for the duration of the works; The Dublin Road remains closed and diversion routes are in place.

“Irish Water understands the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore supply to impacted customers,” the spokesperson added.

“Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council regrets any inconvenience caused. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries." 

Update: A council spokesperson has said that a section of the R445 (from the Parkway Roundabout to the traffic lights at St Patrick’s Road) is closed until further notice.

This is due to damage to the road caused by a burst water main.

Motorists are being advised to use Childers Road at the Parkway Roundabout as an alternative route to access Limerick city, and exiting from the city, to use St Patrick’s Road or Rhebogue.

"Crews are currently working to repair the water main and subsequent damage to the road. Further updates will issue as necessary," added the spokesperson.