Irish Water say that demand for water on Achill Island must drop in order to lift the Do Not Consume notice issued on the supply since Friday night last.
Irish Water and Mayo County Council are appealing to residents, businesses and visitors to Achill Island to conserve water. Demand for water remains high and the Do Not Consume notice that was issued for the whole island and parts of the adjacent mainland last Friday remains in place.
Irish Water and Mayo County Council have thanked customers who have listened to and acted on our conservation plea and appeal to everyone on the island to conserve water where possible, to ensure a continuous supply for everyone for essential handwashing and hygiene purposes.
Ger Greally, Irish Water told Midwest News that Demand for water on Achill Island is 50 per cent higher than it was this time last year and the treatment plant cannot produce enough water to meet this demand.
“The water treatment plant at Acorrymore was designed to produce 1.9 million litres per day but the demand peaked at over three million litres per day last weekend. Water usage has continued to be high this week and until the demand returns to normal levels, we will not be in a position to lift the Do Not Consume Notice,” Ger has cautioned.
“Irish Water and Mayo County Council are working to find solutions to meet the increase in demand but with unprecedented levels of visitors to the island it is proving difficult,” he added.
There are 19 reservoirs on Achill Island where water is stored and distributed across the island. Water was tankered to some reservoirs serving the Slievemore and Dugort areas this week from other parts of Mayo after customers experienced water outages.
There are 29 tankers providing alternative water supplies in place across Achill and customers are advised that this water must be boiled before use as a precautionary measure. It is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance when collecting water including social distancing and hand hygiene.
Vulnerable customers who have contacted Irish Water requesting bottled water have been facilitated by Mayo County Council and the Civil Defence. Any vulnerable customers who have concerns can contact our customer care team on 1850 278 278.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have confirmed that the water is safe for animal consumption.