Ruptured pipe drains 700-metre stretch of the Grand Canal
All boats and barges have been temporarily banned from the Grand Canal in Dublin after a ruptured pipe drained a section of the canal.
Waterways Ireland, the body responsible for maintaining the country's inland waterways, issued a notice advising that all users of the canal - including owners of boats and barges - cannot use the waterway for the time being between Grand Canal Dock and the lock at Suir Road in Inchicore as emergency works are being conducted.
"Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all users of the Grand Canal that there has been a breach in the canal between Locks 1 and 2 on Suir Rd," the notice states.
"Water levels are currently very low. Navigation is not possible at this time due to emergency works."
A source told the Herald that the canal has been off-limits since Saturday when a sewer pipe ruptured underneath the canal between the locks on Suir Road in Inchicore.
The rupture affected a 700m stretch of the canal, which was effectively drained.
"There's a hole in the canal basically. It took all the water out," the source said, adding it was like a plug being pulled in a sink.
Crews have been working on trying to plug the hole but the lock at Grand Canal Dock will remain closed to prevent even more water draining out.
"Every time a boat goes in we lose thousands of gallons of water," he said.
Dublin City Council said it is aware of the problem but it is an issue for Irish Water which is responsible for the pipe infrastructure.