Irish water

  • There's some good news for residents in south Sligo, as works on the long-awaited Lough Talt water treatment plant are on track to be completed by the end of this year.

    Irish Water says the upgrade works will benefit some 13,000 people, who are currently affected by a Boil Water Notice - including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large rural hinterland.

    The boil water notice also applies to consumers supplied by the Ogham group water scheme, and the areas of Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield in Co Mayo.

    The boil water notice remains in place while work is ongoing to upgrade the plant.

    The current Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate treatment for protection against cryptosporidium and the formation of THMs and needs to be upgraded.

    Irish Water says customers supplied by the scheme may notice a difference in the taste and odour of their water due to the upgrade works currently taking place, but customers can consume the water once it's boiled.

    As part of the upgrade works, Sligo County Council staff will be carrying out necessary scouring / flushing of the networks in certain areas, and customers may experience intermittent low pressure or possible outages over the coming weeks.

    Irish Water says that, while the boil water notice is still in place,  the tap water is safe to use for personal hygiene such as handwashing, bathing and flushing of toilets.

     

     

  • Water charges went wrong because of how they were implemented rather than the idea, according to a new report.

    Researchers at NUI Galway have found there was a "serious disconnect" between the design and implementation.

    A conference is being held today to discuss how policies can be better introduced.

    Alan Ahearne, director of the Whittaker Institute at NUI Galway, says the local property tax model should have been followed.

  • Householders and businesses in parts of Swinford are without a water supply this morning.

    Midwest News contacted Irish Water to ask what was causing the disruption to the supply.

    In a statement Irish Water says, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, it is working to locate what appears to be a significant burst in the Swinford area.

    “Once the burst is located and assessed a timeframe will be put in place for repairs to be completed.

    Customers with queries should keep an eye on water.ie supply and services section for further updates.

    Customers can also call the dedicated Irish Water customer care helpline on 1850 278 278”.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council will be assessing water supply schemes across the county today to monitor usage levels which will inform decisions about which supplies need to be restricted overnight. By restricting schemes where demand is outstripping supply, reservoirs have the opportunity to replenish over night and therefore ensuring customers receive a water supply during the day.

     

    Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

     

    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This will be managed locally to ensure water supply is rotated around the scheme. Irish Water would like to thank Galway Fire Brigade and the local fire service for distributing bottled water to vulnerable customers in Carraroe who have registered with Irish Water.

     

    A repair crew returned to Inishbofin this morning (Sunday) to carry out further repairs to a mechanical fault at the plant. The plant is in production with limited capacity. There will be water restrictions in place tonight. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water was delivered to the island yesterday.

     

    Demand has increased significantly once again on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies and last night’s restrictions will continue until this afternoon to allow the reservoirs refill. There will be more restrictions on this scheme tonight.

     

    Customers in Tir an Fhia are receiving intermittent supply due to issues at the water treatment plant. There will be further restrictions on this supply as a result. Repairs are currently being carried out at the plant. Customers are urged to conserve water as much as possible.

     

    Night time restrictions were imposed on the Carna/Kilkieran, Roundstone, and Rós Muc water supplies last night from 10pm until 9am this morning. Unprecedented demand due to taps being left running is causing reservoir levels to drop. This scheme will be monitored throughout the day and a decision on further restrictions will be taken this evening.

     

    Leak repair crews are still trying to find a leak in Williamstown which is causing a major water supply issue in the town. Supply will be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days and customers will experience intermittent disruptions and/or loss of supply.

     

    Across Galway there are issues with high demand. Irish Water is appealing to customers to turn off taps and check for leaks on their own properties and in holiday homes and unoccupied premises and to report them to Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278. Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as we try to protect the levels of our reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households.

     

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe and Tuam.

     

  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council are advising  customers in Ballina  - in Pearse Street, Humbert Street, Dillon Terrace, Castle Road, Nally Street, the areas surrounding Beleek, Bachelors Walk, Arbuckle Row and Emmett Street that their water supply will  been impacted as a result of an emergency repair to a leaking water main at Dunnes Roundabout in the town. It is estimated that up to 500 houses and businesses will be affected by these works.

    The water outage will take place from 6pm this evening (Thurs) to approximately 2am (Fri). Traffic diversions/road closures will also be in place from Humbert Street/Dunnes Stores Junction, Pearse Street/Market Yard junction, Lower Pearse Street/Dillon Terrace junction.

    Commenting on the situation Ger Greally of Irish Water stated  “While repairing this leak, we are taking the opportunity to install critical valves at this location which will minimise the impact of any future outages and assist in better management of the network. This type of work would be very difficult to carry out  during the day due to traffic.”

    Irish Water's customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.  For updates please see the water supply and services section of our website.

     

  • There is disruption to the water supply in Westport town this morning, following a burst water mains overnight.

    Local councillor Brendan Mulroy stold Midwest News that  Irish water staff are on site and it’s expected that the service will be restored  before noontime today.

  • A number of premises in Ballaghadereen are experiencing water outages today, following a burst on the old N5 watermain.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are working to repair a significant burst, and the repair work is expected to be completed by 4pm this afternoon.

    The burst is causing water outages to a number of customers in the Ballaghadereen area.

    Irish Water says council staff have been able to divert water to all customers except properties close to the location of the burst, including the Meadowbrook Estate and a number of houses in this area.

    People in this area are asked to conserve water where possible while the repairs are underway.

     

  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council are working hard to restore water to customers in Kiltimagh and surrounding areas this evening following a significant burst on the main water distribution pipe feeding the town.

    Once the burst has been located, emergency repairs will be carried out as safely as possible and in line with COVID-19 protocols.

    Given the impact this burst has had on the local water supply it may be tomorrow before a full supply is returned to all customers.

    Updates will be available as the repair progresses on the Irish Water website www.water.ie under the water supply and service section.

  • The burst Watermain in Castlebar has been repaired this afternoon with supply restored to over 300 properties.

    A Mayo County Council crew, in partnership with Irish Water, had been working for several hours on the fault.

    The watermain, which burst yesterday, affected 300 properties, including homes at Fortlands Estate, Cherrington Place, Fairways Estate and Windsor rural in Castlebar.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Blackie Gavin told Midwest News today that a section of the ring main has been replaced.

     

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    Water restrictions for more than a million people in effect this evening.

    Irish Water are implementing them in order to deal with the extra demand caused by Storm Emma.

    The utility say capacity is being far outstripped by demand.

    Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council would like to advise customers supplied from the Louisburgh public water supply that there will be further restrictions placed on the supply tonight from 11pm until 7am tomorrow morning.

    These restrictions are necessary due to unprecedented demand.

    Customers on this supply and across the county are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Across Mayo there are issues with high demand. Irish Water is appealing to customers to turn off taps and check for leaks on their own properties and in holiday homes and unoccupied premises and to report them to Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.

    Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as we try to protect the levels of our reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Westport, Erris, and Ballina water supply schemes due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes and on farms.

    Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

  • Water restrictions will be in place again tonight in the Kiltimagh and Louisburg areas, following increased demand during Storm Emma.

    The water supply to both areas was restricted last night, and the same restrictions will apply again tonight between 11pm and 7 am tomorrow morning, to allow reservoir levels to recover.

    Customers on the Kiltimagh and Louisburg schemes may experience water outages, or reduced pressure.

    Irish Water is again asking people across Co Mayo to conserve water, and check their premises, outside taps and water troughs for leaks.

     

     

     

  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council wish to advise customers in parts of Achill Island that overnight water restrictions will be in place tonight and tomorrow night due to operational improvement works at the water treatment plant.

    The restrictions will be in place both nights from 9pm until 8am in the following areas: Dooagh, Pollagh, Keel, Closhreid, Ashleam, Dooega, Currane and Cashel.

    These restrictions are necessary to ensure a continuous daily water supply is available for residents and businesses while the works are underway.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is urging residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Oirr to conserve water, due to low raw water levels in the reservoirs. Irish Water has commenced tankering of water to Inis Oirr and night-time restrictions will commence after the June Bank Holiday weekend.
     
    Commencing Tuesday, June 5 water supply will be restricted each night from 11pm to 7am in order to ensure a consistent daytime supply on the island.
     
    Tankering is not a sustainable option and Irish Water is appealing to residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their usage to ensure a consistent supply of water for all.
     
    Residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Mór and Inis Meain are also being asked to conserve water, in order to maintain raw water levels in the reservoirs and prevent any supply shortages later in the summer.
                            
    To help conserve water customers are also being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network.  Customers can report any public side leaks online at www.water.ie or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Leak detection crews have been working on the islands and efforts are being made to reduce the wastage of treated water through leaks. 
     

  • Demand for water right across Co Galway is increasing and as a result Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, will be imposing night time restrictions on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

    Due to a major increase in demand, supply to Clarenbridge Water Tower is not sufficient to meet demand and customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.

    Water restrictions are also in place in Inis Oirr nightly from 11pm to 7am.

    Irish Water is appealing to the Galway public, particularly people working and living in Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Tuam, Athenry, Oranmore, Tir an Fhia, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, and Ballinasloe to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

    Meanwhile Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the two at-risk schemes that have been identified are the Castlerea and Grangemore/Cavetown public water supplies. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

     

     

     

  • Irish Water is struggling to cope with the fallout from last week's storm.

    1.2 million people, mostly around Dublin, have had their supplies restricted.

    However, areas across counties Mayo and Galway are also struggling with water shortages.

    It follows a surge in demand over the last week which saw an extra 60 million litres used each day.

    The public's now being asked to conserve supplies where possible.

    Eamon Gallen from Irish Water says they're trying to limit disruption.

     

  • Water supplies in the Elphin area of Co Roscommon may be impacted today,  as a result of an electrical outage in the area between 10am and 2pm.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are advising customers in Elphin Town, Shankill Cross, Ballyroddy and surrounding areas that water supplies may be impacted by the power outage.

    It's expected electricity will be restored at about 2pm, after necessary works are carried out by ESB Networks, and some customers may experience disruption to their water supplies until then.

     

  • Water supplies have been restored in the Inverin area of Co Galway, following a burst water main last night.

    Emergency repairs had to be carried out, which meant turning off the water supply for a time.

    Irish Water has confirmed this afternoon that the burst has been fixed and full supply restored to customers.

  • Irish Water says water supplies have been restored to the majority of customers impacted by the burst water main on Emmet Street, Ballina earlier today, by isolating the section of main where the burst has occurred.

    However, due to the complexity of the repair due to its location, there are still customers in Upper Pearse Street and Emmet Street without water.

    Crews continue to work on the burst this evening but Irish Water says it may be tomorrow before the repair is fully completed.

     

  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council wish to advise customers in Shrule Village and surrounding areas that their water supply has been impacted as a result of a number of bursts to a water main.

    Three bursts to the rising main feeding Shrule reservoir have been fixed since Friday. However water is still not getting into the reservoir and crews are continuing to search for another burst which is proving difficult.

    It is hoped that the remaining burst will be located and repaired by midday today but some customers may not receive a full water supply for a further two to three hours while water returns to the network.

    An alternative drinking water supply is available in the village. Anyone taking water from the tanker is advised to bring their own containers and to boil the water before use as a precaution. Customers are also asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines when at the tanker.

    Irish Water understands the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore normal supply to impacted customers. The customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.  For updates please see the water supply and services section of our website www.water.ie.

    Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council is advising customers in Co Mayo, and especially those supplied by the Lough Mask water supply, that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high usage, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with water supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Erris, Louisburgh, Ballina, and Castlebar water supply schemes due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes and on farms.

    Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on www.water.ie and water supply updates are available at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Meanwhile Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that water supply has been restored to customers today following water restrictions on the scheme. The reservoirs have filled sufficiently to allow supply to return however, due to increased demand restrictions will be in place again tonight and for the next few nights until demand regularises and the water treatment plant can meet the demand needs. It may take several hours for all sections of the network to get water supply. 

    Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained at all times. Irish Water is grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe yesterday evening on behalf of the utility and the local fire service distributed it to vulnerable customers. Across Co Galway customers are being advised that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Night time restrictions on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies has enabled the reservoirs to refill to some degree and full supply has been restored this morning. Irish Water would like to thank customers supplied by these schemes for adhering to our water conservation notice yesterday. There will be further restrictions on this scheme tonight.

    Water levels on Inishbofin are critical following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew travelled to the island this morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water is available at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.

    Williamstown is suffering a major water supply issue and leak repair crews will be undertaking work in the town today to try to restore supply. Customers in some areas supplied from Kilnalag Reservoir have no water at present. 

    In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Williamstown and Tuam.

    Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as possible. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/