water supplies

  • A  number of areas of Achill Island are without water supplies today.

    On Friday last, Irish Water lifted the Do Not Consume notice on the Achill water supply, which meant the tap water was again safe to drink.

    However, a number of islanders have turned on the taps today to find no water.

    Local Fianna Fail Councillor Paul MacNamara says the remedial works carried out on the island's plant have impacted on the water output, and the plant cannot meet current demand - even though demand for water has fallen as most holidaymakers have left the island.

    Councillor MacNamara says tankers are on their way back to the island to refill the reservoirs, but some areas  will be without water for up to 3 days, which he says is unacceptable.

    Irish Water says they've advised customers in Achill that they may experience some outages, as reservoirs recover following an extensive cleaning programme involving all 18 reservoirs on theisland.

    This was part of the emergency works taken by Irish Water and Mayo Co Co to enable the Do Not Consume notice that was in place since early August to be lifted last Friday.

    Irish Water is thanking customers for their patients which the reservoirs refill and supply returns to normal, and is asking people to continue conserving water during this time.



  • Water supplies in areas of Kiltimagh have been impacted by a lightning strike at the local water treatment plant.

    The lightning strike last night during a thunder storm caused low pressure on the water supply scheme, which was followed by a watermain burst this morning.

    Irish Water and Mayo Co Co are working to restore the supply to affected areas as quickly as possible.

    About 200 homes on the Knock Road and also in the Kilcon areas of Kiltimagh may be impacted by water outages while the repairs are underway.

    The supply should be fully restored by 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 plan is in place for the duration of the urgent repair works.



  • 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.