Residents from a north side estate in Limerick City have been told water restrictions may continue for several months, leaving hundreds of homes without drinking water. 

More than 700 homes in the Ballynanty and Kileely areas of the city have been advised by Irish Water and the HSE not to drink the water due to excess amounts of lead.

Households in some of the affected areas are depending on alternative water supplies including water from stand pipes for their drinking water since the end of July.

Irish water has informed residents that a programme of works is due to commence on Monday to replace some of the lead piping and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Many residents expressed their anger at the timescale of the project and the lack of information from Irish Water at a public meeting last night.

They called on the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to intervene in the situation and help bring clarity.

They also said that water charges should not apply to the residents affected.

Irish Water said today that they are accelerating a programme of works to deal with the lead piping issue in Limerick.

On the issue of charges, Irish Water said that the final decision on whether customers whose supply is not drinkable will be charged will be made by the Commission for Energy Regulation.