Irish water

  • €168m is owed to Irish Water in unpaid charges by businesses.

    The Sunday Business Post says the outstanding bill comes at a time when a nationwide hosepipe ban has been imposed during the current drought and water shortages.

    Sinn Fein obtained the figures from the water company and warn the shortfall could impact the company's plans to upgrade the country's leaking infrastructure.

    It’s understood the money owed is almost equivalent to a full years’ commercial charges.

  • Irish Water is advising the public of a number of burst water mains in the region today.

    Repairs to a burst water main in Cashel, Achill is causing supply disruptions.

    It is expected that full supply should be restored by 5pm this evening.

    Repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Bangor Erris, Keenagh, Bellacorick, Belmullet and surrounding areas today.

    A traffic management plan is also in place for the duration of these works.

    Works are scheduled to run until 3pm today.

    Also,repairs to a burst water main may cause supply disruptions to Ballyheane, Castlebar and surrounding areas.

    Works have an estimated completion time of 1pm today but supply may take up to three hours to fully return to all affected properties.

  • We're being urged to conserve water as the heatwave continues to put pressure on supply across the country.

    Irish Water lowered the pressure in the Greater Dublin Area overnight, where demand has reached "unsustainable levels".

    While 100 supply schemes across the country have been identified as being at risk.

    Kate Gannon from Irish Water says there is information on their website on how to conserve water.

    While Midwest News has had reports this morning of slippery and dangerous road surfaces between Castlerea and Ballyhaunis.

    Gardai are advising that due to the heat and melting tar road surfaces can be dangerous and are advising motorists to take due caution.

  • A boil water notice has been issued today for Ballycastle Public Water Supply.

    The HSE, Mayo county council and Irish Water issued the alert for the area supplied by the Ballycastle public water supply and the Corrower/ Sea Road Group water scheme and Lisbrin Group water scheme to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

    Cryptosporidium was detected in the supply.

    Consumers are advised to boil water before consumption until further notice.

    Irish Water say they are monitoring the supply and will lift the notice as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • The boil water notice on the Lough Talt public water supply has been  extended until further notice while the HSE continues to investigate illness in the community. That’s according to a statement today from Irish Water.

    The utility company says that working in partnership with Sligo County Council, it is advising customers supplied by the Lough Talt public water supply, that the boil water notice issued on the supply last February has been extended until further notice following a meeting with the HSE.


    The notice was issued due to detections of cryptosporidium in the water at the water treatment plant following routine compliance sampling. To date there have been 20 weeks of clear sampling on the scheme, however the HSE are investigating the cause of a number of cases of cryptosporidiosis in the water supply area during the period the Boil Water Notice has been in place.

    The HSE have indicated that the criteria for lifting this notice are zero detections of cryptosporidium in the water at the treatment plant together with a coinciding period of no reported illnesses in the community in the absence of a validated crypto barrier at the treatment plant.

    The next consultation to review this boil water notice between Irish Water, Sligo County Council and the HSE is scheduled for mid-September. In the meantime customers are urged to continue boiling water before consumption.

    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, 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.

    Over 435 customers in Bellaghy are receiving clean, secure water from the Charlestown supply and no longer need to boil water before consumption

    Householders are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice. 

     

  • Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Galway County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for homes and businesses on both sides of Barrack Street in Loughrea town supplied by the Loughrea-Knockanima Public Water Supply. The notice was issued to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

    The Boil Water Notice has been put in place following the detection of E. coli in the water supply to Barrack Street, Loughrea town.

    Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Galway County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. In the meantime, all customers on Barrack Street in Loughrea town are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

    The areas affected include both sides of Barrack Street in Loughrea town from the Green to Lake Road. The Boil Water Notice does not apply to other areas in Loughrea.

     

     

  • Following advice from the Health Services Executive, Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice on the Grangemore Public Water Supply to protect consumers.

    This notice only applies to consumers on the Grangemore Public Water Supply and Ballinameen Camlin Group Water Scheme. Water must be boiled before it is consumed.

     A map of the scheme, with a list of townlands and the group water scheme affected are available on www.water.ie and www.roscommoncoco.ie . Affected areas are Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore, Killarght (County Sligo), The Plains and surrounding areas.

    Once boiled the water is safe to consume.

    Customers are asked to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice while being reminded that once boiled, the water is safe to consume.

  • There's good news for the Ballycastle area of north Mayo, as the boil water alert has been lifted.

    The boil water notice was put in place on the Ballycastle public water supply and local group water schemes on 12th October, following the detection of cryptosporiudium in the water supply.

    Works have taken place by Irish Water and Mayo County Council to resolve the situation, and following further testing and sampling, no further detections of cryptosporidium were found and there were no reported cases of illness in the community.

    The HSE and Irish Water met earlier today, and have confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted with immediate effect - however, Irish Water warns there is a risk of further cryptosporiudium in the supply until Ballycastle is connected to the Ballina-Lisglennon public water supply - works on this connection are at a preliminary stage and are expected to be completed by late next year.

  • A boil water notice on the Grangemore Public Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon has been lifted, with immediate effect.

    The boil water notice was imposed on 27th July, due to coliform bacteria detections and low chlorine residuals at locations throughout the network.

    The notice applied to all customers on the Grangemore Public Water supply and Ballinameen Camlin group water schemes, and it affected customers in the Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore and Killaraght areas.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have now confirmed that the boil water notice has been lifted, and customers can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

     

     

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on last Friday 12th October remains in place until further notice.

    The Boil Water Notice was issued on the advice of the Health Service Executive following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant after a routine test. 

    Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Mayo County Council have issued a Boil Water Notice for the area supplied by the Ballycastle Public Water Supply and the Corrower/Sea Road Group Water Scheme and Lisbrin Group Water Scheme to protect consumers following a recent drinking water quality test.

     The EPA has carried out a site audit and an action plan is being implemented by the Incident Management Team. Sampling and testing of the scheme is continuing. The results of the suite of tests will be reviewed collectively by all agencies involved before further action is determined at the next consultation with the HSE in a months’ time.

    There have been no reported cases of illness in the community. However customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption.

  • Irish Water is reminding customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water supply scheme that the boil water notice remains in place until further notice.

    The boil alert was issued two weeks ago, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant.

    A two-week testing and sampling programme is continuing, and once the results have been received and reviewed by all stakeholders involved, further action will be advised by the HSE.

    In the meantime, customers are reminded to continue boiling water before consumption, including the washing of teeth, making of ice and preparing food that’s not cooked.

    Areas affected by the boil water notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, as well as a number of Sligo villages and townlands, and the Mayo villages of Cloontia, Doocastle as well as for customers supplied by the Moylough Group Water Scheme in Mayo and the Ogham group water scheme in Co Sligo.

      

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    Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on Monday, February 5 remains in place until further notice.

     

    Sampling and testing was impacted this week due to the adverse weather conditions and will resume once conditions permit next week. As a result an update meeting that was due to take place today has been postponed until Friday, March 9. The results of the second set of samples will be reviewed collectively before further actions are advised by the HSE. The HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

     

    Commenting on the Boil Water Notice, Seamus Granahan, Regional Asset Operations Manager from Irish Water said: “We would like to remind customers to continue boiling their water before consumption. We would also like to stress that this is NOT a Do Not Use Notice. Once boiled and cooled the water is perfectly safe to consume.

     

    “Public health is our number one priority and it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice. Irish Water sincerely apologise for the inconvenience that this Boil Water Notice has caused and we will continue to communicate with local stakeholders and elected representatives to keep the community updated.”

     

    In the meantime Irish Water is urgently progressing with an alternative design proposal and will be in consultation with the relevant stakeholders regarding this detailed option over the next few weeks.

     

    The priority for Irish Water is to ultimately provide compliant and robust water treatment for the 13,000 people who are affected by this Boil Water Notice in the shortest possible time.

     

    Over the past couple of weeks Irish Water, in partnership with Sligo County Council, has completed a review of the catchment followed by protection works at the inlet.

     

    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.

     

    Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

     

    A map of the scheme is available on the Irish Water and Sligo County Council’s websites.

     

    Irish Water and Sligo County Council sincerely apologise to all customers for any inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice.

     

    Water must be boiled for:

    • Drinking
    • Drinks made with water
    • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
    • Brushing of teeth
    • Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

     

    What actions should be taken:

     

    • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads)
    • Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling
    • Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
    • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
  • Irish Water is reminding customers that the boil water notice, issued on Monday for the Lough Talt Public Water supply scheme, remains in place until further notice, following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water.

    Irish Water has now confirmed that Charlestown has been removed from the boil alert, while the Moylough Group Water Scheme on the Mayo / Sligo border has been added.

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

    It also includes customer supplied by the Ogham Group Water scheme in Co Sligo, while Mayo areas affected include Cloontia, Doocastle and the Moylough Group Water Scheme.

    Customers are reminded to boil water before consumption, until further notice.

    A water sampling plan is starting today for a 2-week period, and the results will be reviewed before further action is advised by the HSE

    Irish Water is also increasing its scouring programme over the next few days which might cause some discolouration to water.

    Customers who experience discolouration should run the tap until the water runs clear.

  • Since Irish Water took over responsibility for water and sewerage from local authorities, there is no longer any democratic accountability, responsibility or ownership of the utilities, according to Charlestown based Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray.

    The councillor says the government has handed over the provision of these vital services to a Dublin based entity, and he believes it has done so without any democratic input from communities.

    He cites the delivery of new sewerage treatment plants in both Charlestown and Foxford as taking significantly longer, than would have been the case if the responsibility had remained with Mayo county council.

    Councillor Murray told Midwest News that democratic responsibility for vital services has eroded as a result.

  • A detailed timeline has been outlined for the delivery of the Newport Waste Water Treatment Plant.

    The timeline was outlined to Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, following a meeting with Sean Laffey, the Head of Asset Management for Irish Water.

    Minister Ring says Irish Water has confirmed that a design team has been appointed and work has been started on Stage 1 – the Feasibility Report which is due to be delivered by the end of this year.

    Stage 2, the design stage, involves the carryout out of detailed local studies, followed by a completion of the planning and tendering processes. Once this process is complete, the construction phase will begin.

    Minister Ring says he is happy progress is being made on this scheme

  • Farmers are being urged to follow guidelines when applying pesticides to their lands, following the detection of exceedances in pesticides in drinking water sources in Co Roscommon.

    Irish Water says the exceedances were noted in the Ballinlough / Loughglynn water supply in 2017 as well as low-level detection in other supplies, and while there is no threat to public health, they say it’s imperative that those using pesticides are mindful of best practise when spraying their lands.

    Ahead of the 2018 spraying season, Irish Water says five difference water supplies in Co Roscommon have seen the herbicide MCPA detected over the past 2 years – this substance is used mainly for eradicating rushes and is also found in other weed killer formulations.

    Roscommon County Council says careless storage, handling and improper application means MCPA ends up in drinking water, leading to breaches of drinking water regulations.

    A single drop of pesticide can breach the drinking water limit in a small stream for up to 30 kilometres.

    Roscommon County Council, Irish Water and the National Pesticides and Drinking Water Action Group are appealing to farmers and other users of pesticides to use best practice when spraying these substances.

     

     

  • People are being urged to play their part, with a hosepipe ban now in place across the country.

    It will remain in force until the end of the month, as supplies remain dangerously low.

    With most of the country in the grip of drought and temperatures set to rise over the weekend, Irish Water says it could take months for levels in rivers and lakes to return to normal.


  • Some areas of the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough were without water again today – for the second time in four days -due to a burst in a pipe.

    Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says it’s not good enough that local residents and Carrick national school are without water once again, as this has happened a number of times in recent weeks.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice is calling on Irish Water to replace the pipe in the area as a matter of urgency. 

  • Irish Water, in partnership with Mayo County Council, is starting construction works  for new wastewater treatment facilities at Foxford, Killala and Charlestown.

    A total investment of €19 million is being invested to achieve environmental compliance and provide for the existing population and future needs of the towns.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme will stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Killala Bay.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will provide new and upgraded treatment plants for both towns to meet the current populations and will provide for future growth in the areas.

    Any businesses from Killala Foxford or Charlestown interested  in receiving further information about these three projects are invited to attend an  information hour  in the theatre at the Foxford Woollen Mills.

    The Information Hour takes place in the Foxford Woollen Mills between 12:30 and 13:30 tomorrow afternoon at the Foxford Woollen Mills Theatre

     

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council is advising customers in Co Mayo that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high usage, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with water supply demands. 

     

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

     

    High demand is being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Erris, Louisburgh, Ballina, Castlebar and Lough Mask water supply schemes due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes.

     

    Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water by not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

     

    Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on www.water.ie and water supply updates are available at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

     

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time.