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IRISH WATER IS working to provide water tankers and containers to as many customers as possible who have been impacted by the burst water main supplying the Drogheda and east Meath area.The water main at the Staleen water treatment plant, close to Drogheda, burst on Friday afternoon. Three attempts have been made to fix the pipe since Friday.This evening, the water company said its repair solutions were not holding due to the complexity of the repair and the age of the pipe.“The pipe is 50 years old and has warped. In addition, it is one of the highest pressure pipes which makes the repair more complex,” a statement from Ervia said.Water rationingWater rationing has been rolled out on a phased rota throughout Drogheda and east Meath to ensure customers have a water supply at some stage to restore storage tanks to homes and businesses.A statement from Ervia said:Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has been prioritised for water supply.Ervia has provided a map of the areas impacted by the water outage:Sinn Féin organised a protest in Drogheda at 6.30pm this evening for locals to voice their “concerns and anger” at the water outage situation.Sinn Féin Louth County Councillor Joanna Byrne said:“[Our] activists are out on the ground doing what we can to help the people left high and dry by Irish Water and government.“But this cannot continue. Elderly people, children, people with disabilities cannot continue like this.”Temporary water stations are currently in place at 11 locations across Louth:In east Meath there are currently 19 locations:In order to manage the remaining water resource, Irish Water re-commenced its programme of rationing water for the remainder of Drogheda town since this morning.Customers are asked to bring their own containers to avail of the water and are advised that this water must be boiled before consumption as a precaution.Fine Gael TD for Louth and east Meath Fergus O’Dowd said that Irish Water needs to treat the water supply crisis in Drogheda as an emergency.“This is an unprecedented emergency and immediate preparations must be made for a fleet of water tankers to be sent to Drogheda and south Louth, east Meath and other areas,” O’Dowd said.Irish Water has apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused and thanks them for their patience while crews work to repair the burst.The water company has also urged people to check in on neighbours and family, especially elderly people. It’s encouraging farmers to reactivate their own wells where possible to conserve water.A normal supply is expected to be restored on Thursday.Customers can contact the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278 or visit www.water.ie for further updates.