Cork has suffered a major water main break that has severely disrupted water supplies to a number of areas.
A break on the 1.5m diameter trunk main supply from Inniscarra Waterworks occurred yesterday evening in Innishmore, Ballincollig.
Construction work to repair the break has been ongoing from 6:30 this morning and will take up to 24 hours to complete.
The full extent of the damage has been assessed and replacement of a section of pipe is required.
The work has been complicated by the existence of two 20kV power cables crossing the pipeline at the location of the break.
Cork County Council has isolated all reservoirs on the scheme in order to protect and preserve existing supplies. Tankered supplies will be in place from this afternoon.
Supply has been restored to Ballincollig Town, Carrigrohane, Curraheen, Bishopstown (including CUH) and low lying areas of Ballinora, but not to Waterfall, Bandon Road and high levels of Ballinora.
Water supply to all other areas served from Inniscarra Waterworks, including Ringaskiddy industrial zones, is not affected.