Thursday, October 20, 2016

FOR the second day in succession elective procedures at University Hospital Waterford continue to be postponed due to “ongoing difficulties in the public water supply” in the Ardkeen area.

A spokesperson for Irish Water said the issue resulted from “the loss of supply due to an unplanned water interruption in the Dunmore Road area.

Water supply levels depleted over the weekend due to a technical fault following a lightening strike at pumps supplying water to a local reservoir. The restoration of water supply was then prioritised to the hospital by Irish Water. As a result, customers in the Dunmore Road and surrounding areas in Waterford City were impacted by an unplanned water interruption.

Water was restored to the hospital at adequate pressure by 1pm on Monday and to surrounding areas by 5pm.

Following the incident there was some discolouration of water in the general supply area and that led hospital management to postpone approximately 30 elective procedures on Wednesday for a period of 24 hours.

These patients will be rescheduled as soon as possible. All emergency and cancer care will continue as normal.


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