Water delivered street-by-street

Water was delivered street-by-street after recent floods in Sligo County led to discolouration and fears of contamination of the public supply.

Firefighters helped organise the delivery of water, which saw householders in the street with a wide assortment of containers.

Originally residents were told to boil water, but the delivery was decided on to “minimise inconvenience” the council told the Independent.

Tests on the water proved no microbiological contamination, though the deliveries would continue until the discolouration faded.

In Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, however three types of bacteria, including e-coli were found in the water supply as a result of sewage contamination.

Residents of Mallow in North Cork were told that their taps had run dry because water filters had been unable to cope with the sudden rush of water.

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