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Bring your own bottle - people queue at a water station at Stameen on the Dublin Road.

After four days of coping with water cuts public patience has given way to anger among many people in the greater Drogheda area as Irish Water continues to bungle its handling of the water crisis and has failed to deliver on all of its deadlines for resumption of supply when many people, especially in the outlying areas, without a drop of water since Friday last.

In their latest statement, issued at 12.30 pm this afternoon, the company says that a bespoke solution is being engineered to repair the broken water main but this is not expected to arive on site until Wednesday with water services beginning to be restored on Thursday. The problem is that they’ve made so many promises for a completion date at this stage that nobody believes them anymore.

Not for the first time Irish Water says that, due to the complexity of the repair and age of the pipe and its ability to withstand very high working pressures, the modified fitting arrangements are not holding. 

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