Irish water

  • Green-Schools moved its annual Water Awards ceremony online today, with a virtual ceremony shown on screens in 24 schools around the country.

    Postponed in May due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony celebrates the winners of the annual Water School of the Year Awards; Water poster competition and Water Ambassador Programme.

    The Green-Schools Water theme is supported by Irish Water.

    Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire, Cork and Dominican College, Galway City were named Ireland’s Water Schools of the Year (primary and secondary) today.

    A Mayo Primary School was also awarded today, as the regional winner of the School of the Year for the Northern and Western Region.

    St Joseph’s NS, Bonniconlon impressed with their great committee structure, which is inclusive of almost all class groups in the school.

    They also repaired taps, used timers, reduced flush capacity and did simple things like putting basins in sinks.

    Their ‘Tap Wardens’ ensured taps were fully turned off at break times and the school went on numerous educational trips associated with water. Their actions lead to an impressive reduction in water use per person per day from 10.1l to 5.8l!

    The Green-Schools programme has moved much of its interaction online for the current school year, having developed a suite of Green-Schools Stay Home resources since March, including 13 weeks of activities related to the Water theme.

    This is the seventh year of the awards and partnership with Irish Water, which has seen over 2,000 schools attend interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013. 

    Following the awards today, Ger Greally of Irish Water, said: “A key part of Irish Water’s role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supplies is helping the next generation understand the importance of conserving water.

  • Most parts of the country will enter a state of 'absolute drought' today meaning no rain has fallen in the past 15 days.

    As a result, Irish water has extended the hosepipe ban country wide from tomorrow morning - as supplies remain under pressure from the heatwave.

    Using water for non-essential activities is banned under the order and anyone who breaks it could face prosecution or a fine.

  • A nationwide hosepipe ban comes into operation from 8am tomorrow morning, as a drought continues across the country.

    Irish Water has announced a hosepipe ban from tomorrow until the end of July, to help protect water supplies.

    With little or no rain over the last month, and no significant rain forecast for the next week, Irish Water says they're extending the hosepipe ban across the country to try and prevent further water restrictions at a later stage.

    This means a ban on using a hose for watering gardens, washing cars or boats or filling paddling pools.

    The ban does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes.

    Irish Water is continuing to urge people to conserve water during the drought, and report any leaks on public supplies.

    Across the country, water supplies remain under pressure but demand has dropped since the hosepipe ban was introduced in the Greater Dublin Area earlier this week.

  • Irish Water has confirmed to Minister Dara Calleary that approval has been sanctioned for the replacement of the Cast Iron Watermain on Barrack Street, Kilalla and associated lead connections.  

    The work will be funded from the recently approved stimulus package funding targeted at water conservation and does not impact on funding for other water conservation works planned or ongoing in county Mayo.

    The works will involve the replacement of 350m of 150mm cast iron watermain with lead connections – the mains was installed in the early 1900s.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme upgrade is ongoing and now is considered an opportune time for Mayo County Council’s Road Office to install critical infrastructure before refurbishing Barrack Street towards the end of August.

  • The heatwave is set to continue into next weekend and beyond.

    Met Eireann says no significant rainfall is expected for the foreseeable future.

    A hosepipe ban is now in operation in the Greater Dublin area as Irish Water is again urging the public to conserve water.

    Production plants are struggling to meet increasing demand as drought conditions take a grip around the country,

    39 water supplies are under night-time water restrictions and over 100 are at risk.

    In Co Galway, night-time restrictions will be introduced on Inis Mór from 10pm at night to 7 am in the mornings, starting from tonight.

    Water restrictions in Inis Oirr will continue every night also.

    In Connemara, restrictions remain in place on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant at night, while residents in some areas of Galway City are advised that, due to high demand, they may experience low pressure and reduced flow at night time.

    In East Galway, customers in Ballinasloe, Laurencetown, Eyrecourt and Kiltormer are urged to reduce water usage to ensure a continuous supply, as reservoir levels are a cause of concern.

    Irish Water is urging the public across the region to conserve water as the hot spell continues, and also to report leaks on the public water network, and to repair private leaks in homes and businesses.

  • The North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant was officially opened this morning.

    The investment from Irish Water and Roscommon County Council in this project totals €9.5m. It follows a long-term boil water notice on the supply, which affected over 7,600 people and businesses.

    The new water treatment plant will service Elphin, Strokestown, Rooskey, Kilmore, Scramogue, Tarmonbarry and Ballyleague.

    The project also included a temporary water treatment plant, while the new structure was being constructed.

    The completed project provides comprehensive treatment facilities including a cryptosporidium barrier and has led to the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), a list which highlights at risk schemes.

    The opening was performed this morning by Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr Ivan Connaughton.

    Senator Hopkins told Midwest News that it is a good day for all the areas served by this plant.

  • Irish Water says supplies are almost back to normal across Co Mayo, following increased demand during Storm Emma.

    However, there will be a partial restriction in Kiltimagh tonight, affecting about 50 houses, but full supply will be maintained in the town area.

    Irish Water says repair crews are working to fix three leaks on the network today, and it’s hoped a full service will be restored in the Kiltimagh area tomorrow.

    Meanwhile in Co Galway, restrictions will be in place again tonight in the areas of Williamstown, Moylough,  Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Clonfert, Tír an Fhia, Carraroe, and Clonbur/ Cornamona.

    The restrictions are in place to allow reservoirs to replenish overnight, to ensure customers have a water supply during the day.

    In relation to Williamstown, Irish Water says leak repairs are still being undertaken, and high leakage on customers’ properties is being addressed.

    Supply will be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days, so customers will experience some loss of supply or intermittent disruptions.




  • Irish Water is advising that across county Mayo there are issues with high demand on water supplies.

    It’s 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 it tries to protect the levels in 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.

     Restrictions were placed on the Louisburgh supply overnight.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, 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.



  • Raw sewage is no longer flowing into Killala Bay, following a €19 million investment in wastewater infrastucture in the area.

    That's according to Irish Water, in response to a new report published this morning by the EPA.

    The report says raw sewage is flowing into the environment from 35 towns and villages every day - including the Mayo towns of Killala and Newport - posing an unacceptable risk to the environment and to public health.

    However, Irish Water has stressed that the new wastewater treatment plant in Killala has been completed and is operational, stopping the discharge of raw sewage into the bay.

    The company says it's also progressing plans for a new wastewater treatment plant in Newport to address the last remaining raw sewage being discharged into the environment in Co Mayo.

    However, following queries from Midwest News, Irish Water has confirmed that the works in Newport are not due to be completed until 2024.



  • Repairs have now been completed following a major water burst in Ballina town today.

    The burst watermain at the Dunnes Stores roundabout impacted on water supply for a number of customers in the area, and traffic restrictions were in place to allow emergency repairs be carried out.

    Irish Water has confirmed to Midwest News this evening that the repairs are now completed, and all customers have water supplies restored.

    The road is still being reinstated by Mayo County Council and a traffic management plan will remain in place until this is completed.



  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have been working since yesterday evening to repair two bursts to a watermain serving Ballaghadereen town and parts of Co Sligo.

    The bursts are impacting on water supply to homes and businesses on Main St and the Charlestown Road in Ballaghadereen and in Derrinacartha.

    Areas of Co Sligo affected include Banada and Keel Banada.

    Irish Water says it's expected the works will be completed by this morning, and it may take two or three hours for normal supply to return to all customers, as the network refills.




  • Residents along the N17 near Charlestown will have a more reliable water supply due to a programme of works which will commence next week.

    Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council is starting a programme of works to replace 700 metres of water main on the N17 Airport Road, near Charlestown.

    The works are expected to be completed by mid July and Irish Water says these works will reduce the number of bursts in the area, leading to a more reliable drinking water supply for local customers

    These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.

    Dave Murphy, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme says reducing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but will also improve the reliability of water supplied to businesses and residents.

  • Following advice from the HSE, Irish Water and Mayo County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for the area supplied by the Clare Island Public Water Supply to protect approximately 165 people following a recent drinking water quality test.

    The Boil Water Notice has been put in place due to the detection of cryptosporidium in the Clare Island Public Water Supply.

    Experts from Irish Water and Mayo County Council are working to assess the situation and investigate and implement solutions to lift the notice as quickly as possible.

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

  • If the commitment given by Irish Water to rectify the faults causing poor water pressure for householders in the Crossmolina area, are not delivered on, than Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin says she will be back on to the utility company.

    She made the statement at last night’s public meeting in Crossmolina organised by residents affected. Up to 40 houses in the Boreen and Knockalegan  areas have been experiencing problems with the water pressure for some time now. There are two houses in particular, where almost no water is available.

    Irish Water is addressing a number of issues along the supply and say they will resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that leaks in the system together with additional demand for water since Christmas are exasperating the problem.


    Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council, is replacing approximately a kilometres of problematic, old watermains in Shrule that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage which caused water supply disruptions for customers in the area. The mains are being replaced with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

    The mains that are being replaced are on St Mary’s Road. The works are due to commence on Monday next, November 2, and will be completed by the end of December. Once completed, customers in this area, according to Irish Water will enjoy an improved water supply with less disruption.

    Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water.

     Commenting on the project Dave Murphy, Irish Water said: “To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some traffic management in place and a road closure will be necessary for four weeks starting on November 16th on St Mary’s Road. The community will be notified of this in advance. Alternative routes will be available and diversions will be clearly sign-posted. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

    The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team say that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

    Customers 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.

  • Six agencies have joined forces with Irish Water to try and resolve the ongoing problem with pesticide exceedances in the Newport public water supply.

    Glyphosate and MCPA have both been detected at levels higher than that allowed under EU and Irish regulations, and the EPA has put the Newport water supply on its Remedial Action List until the issue is resolved.

    While the HSE says the levels in the Newport water do not represent a threat to public health, Irish Water says it's un undesirable situation, and is urging those using pesticides to be mindful of best practise when spraying their lands.

    Irish Water, Teagasc, the National Federation of Group Water Scheme, Mayo County Council, the Local Authority Water Programme, the Department of Agriculture and the Animal & Plant Health Association have now come together, to try and find solutions to the problem.

    The group is reminding farmers, sporting organisations and professional users of pesticides to follow best practise in applying pesticides - particularly near lakes and rivers used as drinking water sources.

  • A South Mayo Cllr is calling for upgrade works on the water pipes to be carried out in the Cornaroya area of Ballinrobe. 

    Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O'Brien says the current pipe isn't able to supply water for any new dwelling. 

    Cllr O'Brien says this is a huge area in close proximity to the town of Ballinrobe and is calling for the capacity of the pipe to be increased as a matter of urgency. 

    Meanwhile Cllr O’Brien has also called for an issue with the Killeen Water Scheme in Ballindine to be dealt with.

    According to Cllr O’Brien, a leak has occurred there again this morning and he says this has been an ongoing issue over the past two years.

    Cllr O’Brien says he has been in contact with Irish Water and has requested that they renew this section under the Water Conservation Programme. He says he received indications that it would be included but to date that has not happened and Cllr O’Brien has called for it to be listed in the 2019 programme.

  • Irish Water is investing €10 million to replace19 kilometres of ageing water mains throughout Galway City.

    The utility company says that these mains have been prone to leakage and bursts resulting in outages and reduced water pressure at times. It is estimated that up to 50 per cent of treated water running through these pipes is lost through leakage making it a high priority project for Irish Water.

    The project also includes the replacement of approximately 1,300 lead service

    Works will be carried out in Prospect Hill, Claddagh, Bohermore, Shantalla, Rahoon, Newcastle, Taylor’s Hill, Mervue, Roscam and Coolagh.

    The  work is due  to start in June (2018) and will take approximately 21 months to complete.

    Shareridge Limited has been awarded the contract for the project.

  • The firm that runs Irish Water should take control of the National Broadband Plan, according to Fianna Fail.

    According to the Irish Independent, the party wants Ervia to be put in charge of the rollout of high speed broadband across the country.

    It says a semi-state firm would do a better job of handling the multi-million euro project.

    The government's currently waiting for a full audit of the tendering process after the resignation of Denis Naughten as Communications Minister.

  • The official opening takes of the Lough Mask Water Main Extension from Ballyhaunis to Ballinlough and Williamstown took place today.

    Minister of State Ciaran Cannon, along with the Cathaoirligh of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon County Councils attended the official opening in Williamstown Parochial Hall this afternoon.

    Irish Water says the €10 million scheme provides a clean and secure supply of drinking water for the 5,000 consumers in Ballinlough, Granlahan, Cloonfad and Williamstown supplies, where long-standing boil water notices were in place.