Updated: 27/07/17 : 06:07:19
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First stage of water restoration in North East completed

The first stage of the repair on the burst water main supplying the Staleen Water Treatment Plant in Co Meath has been complete and the plant is back in production.

More than 50,000 homes and businesses in the northeast  of the country have been without water since the pipe burst last week.

Reservoir levels are slowly refilling following repair works on the burst main.

Irish Water has said that it will cost up to 3m to completely replace a burst water main in the North East.

The utility company said that a preliminary scan of the pipe has found it will take 18 months to replace it entirely.

Sean Laffey of Irish Water said water is running through the pipe following the completion of a temporary patch on the pipe.

He added that a permanent fix would be completed in two weeks' time.

He said the the third stage of the process would be to replace the 2.2km part of the pipe which would be completed in two to three years.

He said that Irish Water does not anticipate that this work would impact on customers as reservoirs would be full by then.

However it could take days for a full supply to return to all households and businesses.

Separately, Irish Water has said that the water supply for up to 5,000 people affected by a breakdown in Co Kildare early yesterday, will be restored in the next few hours.

Kildare County Council had reported an issue affecting supply to Kill, Sallins, Clane and surrounding areas.

In a statement Irish Water said that due to a lightning strike one of the water stations in the Kill area tripped.