Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

12.05 22 Sep 2019


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A water outage affected parts of west Dublin earlier after a suspected lightning strike to a pumping station.

Irish Water warned of drinking water supply cuts to Blanchardstown, Mulhuddart, St Margaret's, The Ward, Garristown and surrounding areas in Dublin 15.

It happened after a major fault at the pumping station supplying water to the Ballycoolen water tower.

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In a statement earlier, Irish Water said the outage appeared to be caused "by a lightning strike to a pumping station".

This afternoon, it was confirmed by Fingal County Council and Irish Water that the electrical fault has now been fixed.

The utility company said: "We would like to thank the crews on the ground who worked quickly to resolve the issue, and again would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"Customers are advised that whilst the water towers at Ballycoolen are filling it may take 2-3 hours for supply to return to normal."

Main image: File photo of lightning strike. Picture by: Patrick Pleul/DPA/PA Images

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