Irish water

  • Irish Water is to invest €19 million to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Foxford and Charlestown.

    The contract was signed yesterday with Glan Agua, and construction is expected to get underway in the coming weeks, with the project due to be completed by early 2020.

    For years, untreated sewage has been flowing into Killala Bay, but Irish Water says a new wastewater treatment plant will be constructed in Killala along with a new pumping station and the upgrade of the sewer network.

    This will ensure that wastewater discharging into Killala Bay meets appropriate standards.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will upgrade the wastewater treatment networks in both towns to provide for the current population and for future growth in both areas.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says €19 million is being invested to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Charlestown and Foxford…

  • Irish Water is urging people to conserve water, as domestic water usage has increased by an average of 20% in homes across the region since the Covid-19 restrictions came into force.

    With more people staying at home, households are using an additional 24 litres of water per person per day, putting the water supply under pressure.

    As water treatment plants are already working to their maximum capacity, Irish Water is appealing to the public to choose handwashing over power-washing, and conserve water there they can.

    Householders are also urged to use a watering can rather than a hose in the garden, take a shower instead of a bath, and fix any dripping taps.

    Irish Water says the water supply in Mayo is currently stable, but with the continued dry weather, this might change.

  • Irish Water's being ordered to cut 100 million euro off its running costs.

    The Commission for Regulation of Utilities says, compared with similar companies in Britain, its costs are up to 42 percent higher for supplying water and up to 62 percent higher for treating wastewater.

    It's recommended the utility cut its budget from 722 million to 610 million a year over the next five years according to the Sunday Business Post.

    Irish Water's blaming its reliance on 31 councils to deliver water services as the reason for its high costs.

  • Remedial works are taking place on the Ballycastle water scheme, where a boil water notice is currently in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply last month.

    Irish Water has confirmed to local FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly that the remedial works are nearing completion, and it's hoped the boil water notice could be lifted following the next review meeting with the HSE on the 4th December.

    Councillor Munnelly says this would be welcomed by Ballycastle residents who currently have to boil water before use.

    He says Irish Water also has longer-term plans to improve water quality in the area, by connecting Ballycastle to the Ballina Regional Supply, which provides water for most of North East Mayo.

  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council are embarking on a significant project to replace approximately four kilometres of cast iron water mains which will improve the quality of drinking water supplied to customers in the Currower and surrounding areas of Ballina.

    The mains are being replaced with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes along the L5363 through Breaffy and L1323 through Currower. The works are due to commence next week and will be completed in September. Once completed customers in this area will enjoy an improved water supply. Mayo County Council are carrying out the work on behalf of Irish Water in line with Level 5 COVID-19 protocols.

    Commenting on the project Declan Cawley, Irish Water said: “This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Mayo and will benefit customers by strengthening and reinforcing the water network. We would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.

    “To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some traffic management in place, however, local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

    “The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”

    This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Mayo County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2019 it was 42%, by the end of 2020 it was 40% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.

    Customers have been notified about the works and can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for regular updates.

    The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

    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 is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

  • Irish Water is informing customers in the Bellaghy area that they have been transferred back to the Lough Talt water supply, following the lifting of the boil water notice on the Lough Talt supply last week.

    Customers in Bellaghy had been receiving water from the Charlestown Public Water Supply, but have now been transferred back to the Lough Talt supply, after the boil water notice which was in place for almost two years was lifted, following €10 million upgrade works.

    As part of the upgrade works, Irish Water installed new treatment processes at the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant, which mitigate against the formation of THMs, protect against cryptosporidium and improve the water quality.

  • Irish Water says a hosepipe ban could be extended to more areas around the country.

    The ban is kicking in in the Greater Dublin Area on Monday to conserve water and ensure city supplies are safe.

    Non-essential use of water is banned until the end of July as an emergency drought measure.

    Anyone caught breaking the water conservation order could be prosecuted or face a 125 euro fine.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council would like to advise customers that recent water restrictions placed on a number of Water Supply Schemes have now been removed. The restrictions were imposed on a number of schemes in the wake of Storm Emma and were necessary due to excessive demand placed on water supplies during the cold snap.


    Irish Water has thanked the public for their co-operation and patience while these night-time restriction were in place and while leak detection and repair crews fixed several significant leaks in the county in the past week and also the staff of Mayo County Council.


    While there are no restrictions in place, usage is still very high across the county and customers are urged to conserve water and check for leaks on their own properties, in holiday homes and unoccupied premises. If a member of the public sees a leak on public property they are asked to report it 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.


    Meanwhile restrictions will remain in place on a number of Galway supplies over the weekend. Restrictions will be in place at night time over the weekend to allow reservoirs replenish and to ensure water supply tomorrow: Kiltormer/Clontuskert/Clonfert, Carraroe, Williamstown, and Moylough.

     Water supply has returned to many customers in the Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Kiltormer and Clonfert areas. Supply returned to Clontuskert overnight. Full supply will be returned to Cloonlahan, Meelick and Fahy tomorrow.

    Water supply has been maintained to Ballinasloe town and Portiuncula Hospital. A number of leaks in the town have been repaired to allow further water to be diverted to the rural areas. Consumption on the Ballinasloe Regional Water Supply Scheme has increased by 60 per cent in recent days.

    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This water supply is suffering major issues and water will be rotated around the scheme.  Areas in Camus and Bealandangan which have had very limited supplies in recent days should receive better water pressure as valves were modified to boost supplies to these areas.

    Irish Water leak detection crews are visiting domestic customers in Carraroe, Barna, Furbo and Moycullen over the coming days, where high usage on domestic meters has been identified, to request them to avail of the First Fix Free scheme and we would appeal to customers to take advantage of this offer.

    A number of leaks have also been repaired in Carraroe, Williamstown, Ballinasloe and Rós Muc this week. A leak was also repaired in Eyrecourt this morning.

    Some customers were receiving no supply in Tír an Fhia. Repair of a significant leak near Leitir Mór bridge was completed last night, and we are confident all properties have normal water supply.

    A number of customers at Cushatrower, Inis Nee and in the Roundstone village area, will have improved supply following valve reconfiguration.

    Restrictions will be in place in Moylough again tonight due to excessive demand on the scheme.  

    Leak detection and repairs are still being undertaken in Williamstown. High leakage on customers’ properties is also being addressed. Supply will continue to 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 any leaks in public areas 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.



  • Irish Water has signed the contract to extend the Tuam Regional Water Supply to Loughrea.

    The €13.8 million euro project will ensure a safe and robust water supply for over 9,000 residents and businesses in the Loughrea area.

    Irish Water has awarded the contract to Shareridge and Farrans as a joint venture.

    Works are due to start in the coming weeks, and the project will take about a year and a half to complete.




  • Irish Water staff in Mayo and Galway are among those who have been subjected to threats and intimidation.

    A log of flashpoints over the past 3 years shows 21 instances of assault or abuse were reported by Irish Water staff or contractors.

    In Galway City, a contractor crew was threatened with a machete by an irate home owner, according to records released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    In Co Mayo, a staff member of Irish Water was starting to reverse her vehicle when she noticed a cardboard box had been placed against the rear wheel.

    According to the records, she got out and removed the box and noticed abusive graffiti had been daubed on the vehicle.

    10 incidents were recorded last year alone.


  • There is welcome news this evening for residents of Lakeshore Drive in Castlebar who have had raw sewerage seeping from a manhole in their estate for some time now.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere has been highlighting the frustration of the local residents in relation to this ongoing issue of environmental concern and this evening he told Midwest News that  Irish Water will address the problem early in the new year.

    Cllr Deere has welcomed the news but says it’s taken too long for  a response from the utility company.

  • Irish Water is to provide extra traffic management on Friday and Sunday evenings in Charlestown, while work is ongoing on sewerage pipes in the town.

    That was confirmed by local Sinn Fein Cllr Gerry Murray today.

    Cllr Murray had contacted Irish Water to see if they could provide additional personnel to man the traffic management in the town, especially on Friday and Sunday evenings due to the sheer volume of traffic.

    Irish Water confirmed they will do that and they will suspend works for the St Patrick’s Weekend, so that the parade can go ahead.

    Cllr Murray also appealed to people to shop local, despite the ongoing works.

    He also said that Irish Water hope to have finished the works in the next four weeks.

  • Irish Water has confirmed that a section of pipe in the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough that’s prone to repeated bursts, will be replaced – but not until August, which is totally unacceptable according to a local Councillor.

    The section of pipe running from Ballinlough village out the Carrick National School has had a number of bursts in recent weeks, causing water outages or low water pressure for householders and businesses in the area, as well as Carrick school.

    Irish Water has now agreed to replace the 2km section of pipe, and has scheduled the work for August.

    While welcoming the pipe replacement, Castlerea-based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s unfair on customers affected by the outages that the work is still three months away…

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

    The works involve the replacement of approximately 1700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.

    This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited. Works are due to commence in mid-September and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Once complete, customers will benefit from a more consistent water supply due to the reduction in instances of bursts and leaks.

    The section of works will take place between Circular Road, Pound Street, Killala Road and Libadore. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

    Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

    Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

    Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278if they have any questions about the project.


  • Inland and western counties are experiencing the best of today's weather.

    Temperatures in many areas could reach 30 or 31 degrees, with similar temperatures forecast again tomorrow across Connacht.

    A number of water schemes across the country are in a critical situation as the heatwave continues, with night-time restrictions imposed on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant and on Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands - water supplies in these areas are restricted between 11pm and 7am.

    Across the region, reservoir levels have dropped and there's also extra demand on the system as people are using more water.

    Irish Water is appealing to people across Connacht to conserve water during this hot spell.

    They say demand has increased in particular in the Westport area and on the Lough Mask supply, and people should refrain from washing cars or leaving taps running, and report any leaks to Irish Water.

  • Irish Water will today publish the Public Notice for the Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the necessary lands, and wayleaves at Knocksruffaunavana, Carraroe for the development of a new wastewater treatment plant as part of the Carraroe Sewerage Sceheme.   

    The CPO will also be submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

    Irish Water is working to end the unacceptable practice of discharging untreated wastewater into Casla Bay by developing a new wastewater treatment plant as part of the Carraroe Sewerage Scheme.

    The new wastewater treatment plant will bring benefits to Carraroe in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all. Cleaner water will enhance Carraroe’s amenity value and act as a platform for social and economic development. The new pipes, pumping station and wastewater treatment plant have all been sized to accommodate an increase in the local population and will facilitate future growth in the area. The project will also ensure that the water quality standards set down by regulatory bodies will be achieved.


  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council are working to restore the water supply for some 1500 customers in the Kilkerrin & Moylough areas.

    Areas that are supplied by the Slieveroe Water Tower may suffer loss of water supply due to deterioration in raw water quality as a result of exceptionally heavy rain.

    Homes are urged to conserve water and avoid using dishwashers or washing machines if at all possible until the full supply returns.

    In a statement this morning, Irish Water apologizes for the inconvenience caused but, it is unlikely that the water supply will be restored before 6pm tomorrow evening.

    Irish Water’s customer support number is available 24/7 on 1850 274274.

  • In the coming weeks, Irish Water will be writing to 140 thousand homes and businesses in 16 counties, where water supply is 'not as good as it could be'.

    Homes and businesses on the public water network whose supplies are on the EPA's Remedial Action list will receive letters outlining problems with their supply.

    Irish Water says the water is still safe to drink in 53 of the 55 water schemes in the list.

    However, boil water notices are in place on the Lough Talt supply in Sligo and at Grangemore in Roscommon where the water is not safe to drink.

     Irish Water will outline what they're doing in these 55 areas to improve supply, and how soon the works will be carried out.

  • The Kilkerrin Moylough Water Treatment Plant has this morning returned to production as raw water quality at the spring source has improved sufficiently.

    It will take 10-12 hours for all areas of the network to refill so we would ask members of the community to conserve water once it returns to allow all areas to refill as quickly as possible.

    Chlorine levels may be higher than normal initially but will return to normal in 24 hours.

    Supply to parts of Moylough has been maintained however a water tanker will be available at the Community Centre in Kilkerrin from 11am until this evening should members of the community need to fill containers of water.

    We would acknowledge the great work of the Galway County Council operations crew in restoring the water treatment plant to supply.

    Irish Water’s customer support number is available 24/7 on 1850 2278278.
    Irish Water, safeguarding our water for our future.

  • The STEPS Engineers Week, gets underway today and will run until March 5th.

    This is a non-profit outreach programme that promotes interest and awareness in engineering as a future career to school students in the Republic of Ireland through a portfolio of projects.

    It is a collaboration of events involving industry, colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout Ireland.

    Irish Water gets involved in Engineer's Week every year to promote Engineering as a career choice by profiling their staff.

    Former Mayo Goalkeeper and Glenamoy native Fintan Ruddy works for Irish Water and is based in Sligo.

    Fintan says he would highly recommend a career in Engineering.

    He recommends gaining experience in all aspects of engineering, continue to learn as much as you can but most importantly develop good working relationships along the way.