• A boil water notice has been issued this evening for the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply scheme, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    About 13,000 people are affected in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and the hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Curry, Charlestown, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteigue and Coolaney.

    Irish Water says public health is their number one priority, and it’s imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

    The cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant was detected after a routine test, and Irish Water says they will be carrying out weekly sampling at multiple sites in the scheme with a view to getting the boil notice lifted, if there are sufficient clear samples over a number of weeks.

    Water must be boiled for drinking, preparing salads and similar uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to advise customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on Monday, February 5 will remain in place during the high risk cryptosporidium season which runs until the end of April/beginning of May.

    Following a meeting with the relevant stakeholders this afternoon (Friday), the HSE advised that the BWN should continue during this time. It was agreed that weekly sampling will continue until the end of April after which time all results will be reviewed collectively by all stakeholders and further actions will be advised by the HSE. The HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

    Out of 18 samples collected over the past few weeks, six have returned with exceedances for cryptosporidium.

    In the meantime, Irish Water will continue to engage with Sligo County Council to prepare a suitable planning application for submission which, if granted, will ensure the necessary barriers against cryptosporidium are installed at the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant. Irish Water will be submitting a planning application to Sligo County Council to provide an emergency water treatment plant on the existing site towards the end of April

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

    This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS.


  • About 500 houses in the Tibohine and Ballaghadereen areas are without water, due to a burst water main on the North Roscommon Water Supply.

    The burst occurred on the Old Dublin Road in Ballaghadereen, and Irish Water says about 500 houses are impacted in Tibohine, Lissacurkia and Lung.

    It's expected repairs will be completed by this evening, and customers should have a full water supply restored by about 10 o'clock tonight.

    Meanwhile, the water supply in Glenamaddy is returning to normal, following overnight restrictions on the scheme due to persistent heavy rainfall.

    The restrictions were imposed last night for residents and businesses on the Glenamaddy Public Water Supply.

    Irish Water has confirmed this afternoon that the supply is returning to normal.





  • A homeowner in a village outside Castlebar, recently knocked a house and rebuilt a house, an apartment and a commercial unit on the same site.

    He did all the work himself in disconnecting the house from the water and sewerage system and then reconnecting to the new build, and Irish Water charged him in excess of 14,000 euro, simply for the reconnection.

    That is a ridiculous charge, according to the Mayor of Castlebar, Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne, and he has written to Irish Water on behalf of his constituent to express that view.

    He also raised the matter at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council earlier this week, calling for the local authority to intervene if the national utility company insists on charging large fees for no work. He argued that there will be no building in rural Ireland if situations like this are allowed to continue.

  • Irish Water has issued a boil water notice for the Kilconnell Public Water Supply near Ballinasloe in Co Galway.

    The notice also applies to the Ballyboggan Group Water Scheme.

    246 customers are affected by the boil water notice, which was issued due to elevated levels of turbidity in the raw water entering the Kilconnell Water Treatment Plant.

    Customers are asked to boil water using it for preparing uncooked foods, brushing teeth and making ice.


  • The hosepipe ban has been extended in 16 counties until the end of September, but is being lifted in ten counties in the north west of the country - including Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Sligo & Leitrim.

    Irish Water says it's necessary to extend the hosepipe ban in Dublin, Louth, Meath, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Carlow, Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary for another month to conserve water supplies, as levels in rivers lakes and ground sources remain lower than normal.

    The ban is being lifted for 10 counties in the north west, due to increased rainfall.

    These include Mayo, Galway, Clare, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Longford, Cavan & Monaghan.


  • Ahead of a public meeting being held in Crossmolina tonight to discuss the ongoing problem of low water pressure in parts of the town, Irish Water has issued a statement saying they, working with Mayo Co Co, has commenced a programme of works which will increase water pressure in parts of Crossmolina that have been affected by ongoing pressure issues.

    Irish Water says that, since Christmas, water demand has been increasing consistently and this has also been exacerbated by the recent bad weather which has led to an increase in water flows in most schemes across the country including the Crossmolina area.

    This increase in demand has led to some customers experiencing low water pressure notably in the Boreen Road and Knockalegan areas.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council say they’re committed to completing pre-planned long term measures which will resolve this issue. A planned programme of works, which was agreed prior to Storm Emma, is currently being carried out.

    As part of the planned works, a leak detection team has been deployed to Crossmolina.

    Four leaks were repaired over the past week and this work will continue until the demand is at a satisfactory level. In addition, a 200 metre section of problematic water mains in Kildaverouge will be replaced with works on this due to start imminently, and these works will increase water pressure in the scheme.

    Irish Water say they appreciate the concerns of the residents on the Boreen Road and the Knockalegan areas of Crossmolina, but expect to see an improvement in water pressure in these areas in the coming days.


  • Irish Water is planning to spend over €1.5 million euro improving the regional water supply schemes in two areas of Co Galway – Gort and Spiddal.

    Work is due to get underway in the next two weeks, and will be completed by the end of September.

    Irish Water says this investment will benefit over 5,000 customers, and ensure the treatment plants in Spiddal and Gort can meet demand for treated water and provide for future development needs.

    The project will also ensure water is in compliance with current drinking water quality regulations.




  • People are being encouraged to conserve water for essential use and avoid using it for watering gardens or power washing cars and patios.

    Irish Water says after an unusually dry March and April, and with the medium forecast for less than the usual rainfall, they need to conserve water for essential purposes - such as hand-washing, cooking and sanitation.

    Irish Water say there are no immediate concerns, but they are continually monitoring the situation.

    It wants people to conserve water for essential purposes rather than watering gardens and power washing.

    The company also wants businesses in particular to check for leaks and to turn off unnecessary water in any buildings which may be temporarily closed.


  • A Mayo TD is calling on Irish Water to amend its Capital Plan to include a new public water supply scheme from Westport to Louisburg.

    The matter was discussed at a well-attended public meeting in Lecanvey last night, where residents pledged their support for whatever action is needed to secure a safe public water supply for the villages of Murrisk, Lecanvey and Kilsallagh and the town of Louisburg.

    Residents in these areas are currently depending on water from Croagh Patrick streams, which is then treated locally, while many are buying bottled water for drinking.

    The issue has been ongoing for a number of years, particularly as Murrisk is a national pilgrimage site with hundreds of thousands of people coming to the area to climb Croagh Patrick every year.

    Landowners are now threatening to block access to Croagh Patrick unless a new public water scheme is put in place, while the possibility of closing access to beaches on the southern shores of Clew Bay was also discussed at last night’s meeting.

    A committee is being set up to campaign for a public water supply for the area stretching from Westport to Louisburg, but Irish Water says such a scheme is not on the current Capital Investment Plan.

    Mayo County Council says it’s willing to work with the local communities in setting up a Group Water Scheme in the area, but the majority of local residents insist a public scheme is the way forward and last night’s meeting heard that they will support whatever action is needed to secure such a supply.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chamber attended last night’s public meeting in Lecanvey.

    She intends to raise the matter in the Dáil, and is calling on Irish Water to amend its capital investment plan to include a new public water scheme from Westport to Louisburg….

  • 36 towns and villages across the country are releasing raw sewage into the environment everyday.

    The Environmental Protection Agency says half of the raw sewage comes from just three areas - Arklow, Cobh and Kilmore Quay.

    Mayo areas highlighted in the report include Newport and Killala, while in Galway there’s Roundstone, Spiddal, Carraroe and Ahascragh.

    Waste water treatment in 21 of Ireland's 169 large towns and cities did not meet national and European standards.

    Andy Fanning from the EPA says Irish Water needs to do more to address the country's waste water treatment infrastructure.

    Irish Water has welcomed the report and says it's making an "unprecedented" investment in treating waste water.

    It plans to spend some 400 million euro building treatment plants next year - up from 240 million euro last year.

    Seán Laffey, head of asset management at the utility, says it's making good progress.

  • Pesticides have been detected in Louisburgh drinking water supply and users are being urged by Irish Water to be responsible when spraying pesticides and to consider alternatives.

    The utility company says the water is safe for human consumption.

    An exceedance for the pesticide MCPA has been detected in the public drinking water supply in the area. MCPA is a commonly used herbicide present in many products used to control thistles, docks and rushes. The exceedance was noted following routine sampling of drinking water supplies.

    The Louisburgh water supply comes from the Bunnahowan River which is vulnerable to contamination from land and animal run-off. Irish Water is asking users of pesticide products in the Bunnahowan River catchment to consider the vulnerability of the water supplies to pesticide contamination and the importance of this supply to the local community.

    Irish Water, working in partnership with a range of organisations involved in the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group (NPDWAG), is providing advice and guidance to all users of pesticides including the farming community, greens keepers and grounds keepers and domestic users, to ensure that best practice measures to protect drinking waters are always followed. More information on this can be obtained from your local farm advisor or on

     Dr Pat O’Sullivan, Irish Water’s Regional Drinking Water Compliance Specialist said: “In Co Mayo, the exceedance of the drinking water regulations for MCPA was noted in the Louisburgh public water supply following routine sampling this month (September). While the HSE has advised that the levels seen do not represent a threat to public health, it is however undesirable and it is therefore imperative that users of pesticides are mindful of best practice when spraying their lands.”





  • 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 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, 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.


    Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on and water supply updates are available at

  • The second set of sampling results on the Lough Talt water supply contaminated with cryptosporidium are due this evening.

    The HSE has been regularly testing the water after it detected the bacteria early last month.

    A boil water notice has been put in place for the 13,000 people on the Lough Talt water supply for almost a month now. It is impacting on consumers in south and west Sligo/ and areas of east Mayo,

    Irish Water will announce the latest results this evening. Representatives of the water utility company are due to meet the HSE about 4pm to evaluate the results supplied by the latest testing.

  • As areas of Ballinlough in Co Roscommon are without water once again today, Irish Water say they’re treating this as a matter of priority.

    A 1km length of water main running from the village to Carrick National School has had a number of bursts over the last 6 months, leaving the school and surrounding houses without water.

    A section of the pipe burst yesterday, and another today, and Irish Water says repairs are underway.

    The issue was highlighted on Midwest News yesterday by Roscommon Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice who called on Irish Water to replace this section of pipe immediately.

    In response to queries from Midwest News, Irish Water say their staff, along with Roscommon County Council, have carried out numerous repairs to this section of pipe over the last 6 months.

    Irish Water say they’re actively investigating the underlying causes of these bursts, and are currently finalising a plan of action to resolve them.

    A spokesperson says short-term measures are also being investigated to reduce the frequency of bursts and minimise disruption for customers in close proximity to Carrick national school.


  • Water restrictions are in place this evening in the Co Galway area of Carraroe.

    Irish Water is advising customers supplied from the Carraroe public water supply that, due to exceptional demand and mechanical issues at the plant water, restrictions are now in place.

    Water supply will be restored from tomorrow morning with further restrictions expected to be imposed again tomorrow afternoon.

    Irish Water says the extremely cold weather is causing issues for water processing at the plant and is also hampering repairs. This situation could continue for a number of days and a further update will be issued tomorrow.

     In the meantime, Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council is working to maintain a supply to the village centre and nursing home.

    Across Co Galway, Customers are asked not to run their taps as it is causing difficulties in many areas with water treatment plants struggling to keep up with demand.

    The following areas will experience reduced pressure and/or loss of supply due to this increase in demand over the coming days: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Williamstown, Tír an Fhia, Letterfrack, Tully, Clifden and Clonbur.





    Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that due to exceptionally high water demand and ongoing mechanical issues at the water treatment plant restrictions to water supply will continue unbroken until tomorrow morning. Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained. It is intended to restore water supply to all areas in the morning.


    Last night Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, was able to lift the restrictions for a couple of hours to allow water storage tanks in attics refill. However, reservoirs have not sufficiently filled today to enable a repeat of that tonight.


    We are grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe this evening on behalf of Irish Water and the local fire service will distribute it to vulnerable customers. A further update will issue tomorrow.


    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.


    Customers in Tír an Fhia were without water this morning however, water supply was restored shortly after lunch.


    There is huge demand being registered on the Tully and Letterfrack water supplies due to taps being left running in people’s homes and on farms. Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water. Restrictions will be in place on these schemes from 10am today until 6pm with supply due to be restored at 6pm for a couple of hours. Water will be restricted again overnight to fill the reservoirs.


    Water levels on Inishbofin are very low following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew will travel to the island tomorrow morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water will be ferried to the island tomorrow and available to the public for collection at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.


    In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by not running taps, taking showers instead of baths and to refrain from using dishwashers and washing machines.


    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. 


    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