Irish Water is due to begin repair works to a burst water main in the North East today.
A specially engineered section of pipe has been manufactured in Belfast – however the utility’s warning it could be the weekend before supply is fully restored to 50,000 homes in Louth and Meath.
However the utility is warning the pipe may rupture again once the water is turned back on.
There’s growing concern that similar burst may happen across the country due to ageing infrastructure.
The Housing Minister says he’s ‘quite confident’ the water outages will be fixed soon.
The Defence Forces have been deployed to help man the 43 tanks and 100 temporary water stations across Louth and Meath.
Eoghan Murphy has apologised to the tens of thousands of people affected by the crisis.