Irish water

  • Due to a water main burst in the Bangor area of Erris the areas of Derreens, Gortmore, Muinhin, Attavally, Cloontakilla, Glencullen and Glenturk will be without water this evening between the hours of 4pm untill 10pm.

    Mayo county council in partnership with Irish water would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • A major water burst is causing disruption to supplies for many residents and businesses in Ballina town.

    It's understood the leak has been detected on McDermott Street, but has led to reduced pressure for about 6,000 customers in Ballina town and surrounding areas.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council will be carrying out repairs to the burst watermain this evening and tonight, and water restrictions will be in place from 8pm this evening until 2am tomorrow morning to allow emergency repair works to take place.

    Customers in the Ballina area are being asked to conserve water where possible until the burst has been repaired.


  • Irish Water is reminding customers that the boil water notice, issued on Monday for the Lough Talt Public Water supply scheme, remains in place until further notice, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water.

    Irish Water has now confirmed that Charlestown has been removed from the boil alert, while the Moylough Group Water Scheme on the Mayo / Sligo border has been added.

    Areas affected include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballinacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

    It also includes customer supplied by the Ogham Group Water scheme in Co Sligo, while Mayo areas affected include Cloontia, Doocastle and the Moylough Group Water Scheme.

    Customers are reminded to boil water before consumption, until further notice.

    A water sampling plan is starting today for a 2-week period, and the results will be reviewed before further action is advised by the HSE

    Irish Water is also increasing its scouring programme over the next few days which might cause some discolouration to water.

    Customers who experience discolouration should run the tap until the water runs clear.

  • Water supply in Charlestown and the surrounding areas may be impacted today, due to a power failure that occurred overnight.

    Irish Water says crews are currently checking for airlocks throughout the scheme, and a full water supply should be restored to all customers by lunchtime today.



  • Clean Coasts and Irish Water have launched their “Think Before You Pour” Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the damage caused by pouring fats, oils and greases from the roast turkey Christmas dinner down the kitchen sink.

    Fats, oils and greases may seem like liquid when poured but once they reach the pipes they cool and can cause blockages in the sewer pipes in homes, businesses, the public sewer network, wastewater treatment plants and ultimately damage the environment.

    Anthony Skeffington of Irish Water says so far this year Irish Water have cleared more than 6,000 blockages from the sewer network across the country and says many of these were avoidable.

  • Residents of Roundstone in Connemara will benefit from a new wastewater treatment plant, which will end the discharge of the equivalent of 645 wheelie bins of raw sewage into Roundstone Bay every day.

    That's according to Irish Water, which is working with Galway County Council to progress plans to build a new wastewater treatment plant to serve a population of about 1,000 people.

    Irish Water has published a compulsory purchase order for the lands required to deliver the new scheme, and says it will end the unacceptable practice of discharging raw sewage into Roundstone Bay, and will allow for the growth and development of Roundstone and surrounding areas.

    Planning permission will also be sought from Galway County Council, and the timeline for commencing work on the project is subject to the CPO and planning approvals.

  • Since Irish Water took over responsibility for water and sewerage from local authorities, there is no longer any democratic accountability, responsibility or ownership of the utilities, according to Charlestown based Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray.

    The councillor says the government has handed over the provision of these vital services to a Dublin based entity, and he believes it has done so without any democratic input from communities.

    He cites the delivery of new sewerage treatment plants in both Charlestown and Foxford as taking significantly longer, than would have been the case if the responsibility had remained with Mayo county council.

    Councillor Murray told Midwest News that democratic responsibility for vital services has eroded as a result.

  • A Boil water notice has been issued for businesses and customers supplied by the Knock Airport Public Water Supply.

    Following advice from the HSE, Irish Water and Mayo County Council the notice has been put in place.

    This also affects Cloonlyon Group Water Scheme along with Knock Airport, Cloonlyon National School and approximately 15 households.  

    The Boil Water Notice has been put in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the Knock Airport Public Water Supply.

    Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Mayo County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Irish Water and Mayo County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable.

    In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

  • Irish Water in reminding householders in The Neale, Cross and Breaffy that the deadline is running out for the €1,000 connection fee.

    The new schemes are expected to go live shortly, and an incentivised offer of a €1,000 euro connection fee per house runs out on the 31st March.

    After that date, the cost per house will increase to €3,900.

  • A detailed timeline has been outlined for the delivery of the Newport Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    The timeline was outlined to Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, following a meeting with Sean Laffey, the Head of Asset Management for Irish Water.

    Minister Ring says Irish Water has confirmed that a design team has been appointed and work has been started on Stage 1 – the Feasibility Report which is due to be delivered by the end of this year.

    Stage 2, the design stage, involves the carryout out of detailed local studies, followed by a completion of the planning and tendering processes. Once this process is complete, the construction phase will begin.

    Minister Ring says he is happy progress is being made on this scheme

  • The practise of discharging raw sewage into Killala Bay will end within weeks.


    Irish Water has confirmed it will commence operation of a new wastewater treatment plant in the coming weeks, which will stop the discharge of untreated wastewater into Killala Bay.


    The new treatment plant in Killala will serve a population of 1,800 and will allow for social and economic growth, according to Irish Water.


    This project forms part of a €19 million investment in wastewater infrastructure in Mayo, along with the completed Foxford and Charlestown schemes.


    Irish Water is also progressing plans for a new wastewater treatment plant in Newport to address the remaining raw sewage being discharged in the county.


  • Irish Water and Galway City Council are advising customers in Shantalla, Salthill and the southern part of Knocknacarra that due to essential works their water supply may be interrupted tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27. The works are due to take place between 9am and 6pm.

    A trunk watermain serving a large part of the west side of the city is being diverted to facilitate essential works which are being carried out in line with Covid-19 protocols.

     Explaining further Tim O’Connor, Irish Water said: “Arrangements are being made to ensure in as far as possible that water supply will be maintained to most of the areas affected during the works. It is expected though that there will be low pressure throughout the day.

    Irish Water’s care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact the utility on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. 

  •  Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is advising that a burst watermain is causing an impact on water supply to customers in the Monivea area of county Galway , including Tysaxon, Ballydavid, Shraugh and areas to the east and west of the Monivea to Athenry Road.

    Repairs got underway early in the morning and it is expected that water supply will be restored by lunchtime but it may take 2-3 hours for normal supply to return to all properties.

    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 visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website.


  • The Do Not Consume drinking water restriction in place on the Achill Public Water Supply, which included adjoining group water schemes, has been lifted with immediate effect.

    Irish Water say the water quality sampling has confirmed that the water is now safe to drink following a reduction in demand to normal levels and reduced temperatures in the raw water coming from the lake to the water treatment plant.

    The Do Not Consume notice on the supply was issued on Friday, 7 August, following consultation with the HSE due to elevated levels of aluminium in the water supply. Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water and Mayo County Council are advising customers that the drinking water can now be consumed as normal.

    Irish Water’s Ger Greally, has thanked the residents, businesses and visitors to Achill who were affected by this notice for their patience and cooperation until demand and temperatures dropped to normal levels.

    Some upgrade works have taken place at the Acorrymore Water Treatment Plant to ensure that if demand rises to an unsustainable level along with a rise in temperatures that the plant will shut down allowing both Irish Water and Mayo County Council time to assess the situation and put plans in place to prevent a further exceedance.

    All reservoirs on the island have also been cleaned. Customers may experience some intermittent outages this evening and over the weekend as full supply returns to the network following the reservoir cleaning. Meetings are also scheduled between Irish Water and Mayo County Council to discuss longer term solutions to this problem.

    Business customers will receive a 40 per cent rebate on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the do not consume notice and this will be back dated to August 7, 2020.

    If anyone has any queries they can call the Irish Water customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. 


  • Irish Water says a Do Not Use water notice, which was put in place earlier this week for a number of businesses at the Liosbaun Industrial Estate in Galway has now been lifted.

    The alert was issued earlier this week for 40 businesses in the Kilkerrin Park section of the estate as a precaution, following the accidental break of a sewer and watermain located in close proximity to each other which may have resulted in contamination of the drinking water supply.

    Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water has now lifted the notice and says the issue has been resolved.


  • A Do Not Use notice has been issued on the water supply in a section of the Liosbaun Industrial estate in Galway city.

    Irish Water has issued a Do Not Use notice for 40 commercial properties located in the Kilkerrin Park section of Liosbaun Industrial Estate as a precaution, following the accidental break of a sewer and watermain located near each other, which may have resulted in contamination of the drinking water supply.

    All impacted customers have been contacted directly, and no other part of the industrial estate or Galway city are affected.



  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council is working to restore the water supply to Corclough West, Belmullet following a watermain burst.

    Approximately 65 homes in Corclough West, Gladree, Tarmoncarra and surrounding areas including houses on the Aghadoon Group Water Scheme which are supplied by the Erris Regional Water Supply Scheme may be impacted by water outages while the repairs are carried underway.

    Mayo County Council staff are working to repair the burst as quickly and as safely as possible. The repair is expected to be completed by 4pm this evening.

    Once the watermain has been repaired it may take a number of hours for the water supply to return in full to all impacted properties.

    A traffic management system will be in place for the duration of these urgent repair works.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council understand the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore supply to impacted customers.

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are carrying out emergency repairs to a burst watermain, which is impacting on customers in Cloonfad, Clooneish and surrounding areas of south Roscommon.

    Consumers in these areas may experience low water pressure or outages this morning and until about 2.30 this afternoon.

    Irish Water says it may then take 2 or 3 hours for normal water supply to return to all customers.


  • Farmers are being urged to follow guidelines when applying pesticides to their lands, following the detection of exceedances in pesticides in drinking water sources in Co Roscommon.

    Irish Water says the exceedances were noted in the Ballinlough / Loughglynn water supply in 2017 as well as low-level detection in other supplies, and while there is no threat to public health, they say it’s imperative that those using pesticides are mindful of best practise when spraying their lands.

    Ahead of the 2018 spraying season, Irish Water says five difference water supplies in Co Roscommon have seen the herbicide MCPA detected over the past 2 years – this substance is used mainly for eradicating rushes and is also found in other weed killer formulations.

    Roscommon County Council says careless storage, handling and improper application means MCPA ends up in drinking water, leading to breaches of drinking water regulations.

    A single drop of pesticide can breach the drinking water limit in a small stream for up to 30 kilometres.

    Roscommon County Council, Irish Water and the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group are appealing to farmers and other users of pesticides to use best practice when spraying these substances.



  • People using weedkiller are being urged to be responsible, after an exceedance of the pesticide glyphosate was detected in the public drinking water supply in Newport.

    While the HSE says the levels do not represent a threat to public health, it's imperative that those using pesticides are mindful of best practice when spraying their lands.

    Glyphosate is a herbicide used mainly for controlling annual broadleaf weeds and grasses and is found in a number of weed killers.

    Irish Water is appealing to farmers and to those using pesticides to carefully follow the guidelines when applying these chemicals to their lands.