Over the past few days, the North Eastern Region of the Order of Malta have mobilised volunteers and vehicles to assist getting water to those vulnerable citizens most in need in the Meath and Louth areas.
Volunteers are working from 10am to 8pm every day to ensure water is delivered to those who are sick, elderly or housebound and may not be able to get to the water tankers provided by Irish water and the Armed Forces.
Whilst many water tanks have been set up around Drogheda and the affected surrounding areas, much of this is not drinking water and must be boiled before consumption. Coca Cola, via Senator Ged Nash, have donated over 23,000 litres of fresh drinking water for distribution.
The Order of Malta have set up a control centre in their Drogheda Headquarters to dispatch ambulances stocked with this water to necessary areas. Over the past week the Order of Malta have also worked closely with the Boyne Fisherman’s River Rescue, Red Cross and Civil Defence to coordinate water deliveries.
Commandant Norman Biggane, Regional Director for the North East Region said:
“We are immensely proud of the way our volunteers have responded to the call for assistance. We are also very grateful to Coca Cola and Senator Ged Nash for arranging the water supplies. We would ask that members of the public contact our emergency line (087- 404 4274) by call or text if they require water delivered or know of anyone who may need assistance. As many day centres around Drogheda are closed due to the water crisis, many elderly are at home alone for long periods of time and may not be aware that we are here to help so we are asking members of public to please let us know of anyone that may need to be checked on.”