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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

     

     

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council has submitted a notice of Compulsory Purchase Order to An Bord Pleanála for the delivery of the Tuam Regional Water Supply Scheme which involves an extension to Loughrea.

    The CPO if confirmed is for lands relating to the construction of a new water storage reservoir and associated networks in the following areas: Craughwell, Roo, Lecarrow, Moyveela and Oran Beg. If confirmed, the CPO will authorise Irish Water to acquire the land, permanent wayleave and permanent right of way and temporary working areas required for this project.

    This benefit of this project is to improve drinking water quality and security of supply to approximately 6,000 people in Loughrea Town and the surrounding areas.

    Consultations have been on-going with all landowners identified on the proposed scheme. However, Irish Water was unable to acquire all of the required wayleaves and lands on a voluntary basis. Given the importance of the project to the water infrastructure, Irish Water is now attempting to acquire the wayleaves and lands by way of CPO pursuant to the provisions of the Water Services Act, 2007 (as amended).

    If the CPO is confirmed then it is expected that works will commence in early 2019.

  • 13,000 consumers supplied by the Lough Talt public water supply have been advised to continue to boil water before use, at least until the end of April.

    The boil water notice was issued on 5th February following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water, and Irish Water announced on Friday that, of 18 samples collected over the past few weeks, six of the samples have shown cryptosporidium.

     The areas affected include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a number of villages in Sligo as well as Cloontia, Doocastle and the Moylough group water scheme in Mayo.

    Householders and businesses are urged to boil water before use until further notice.

    Irish Water is apologising for the inconvenience, and has confirmed today that businesses affected will get a 40% discount on their water in bill.

    In the meantime, a planning application is being prepared to install the necessary barriers against cryptosporidium at the Lough Talt water treatment plant.

    An Bord Plenala refused permission for the scheme in the past on environmental grounds.

    Sligo TD Eamon Scanlon says the public’s right to a clean water supply should be more important than protecting a species of snail, which has not been seen in the area in several years.

  • Irish Water has announced a hosepipe ban for the whole country.

    The measure has been in place in the Greater Dublin Area since the start of the week - but will be extended nationwide from Friday at 8am.

    The order bans the use of water for non-essential activities like watering the garden or filling a paddling pool and will continue until the end of the month.

    Irish Water say the decision has been made because of the drought conditions, which are due to continue into next week.

    They're encouraging people to keep conserving water to help protect water supplies.

    East Galway

    The Ballinasloe Water Treatment Plant is operating at full capacity and reservoir levels are giving major cause for concern. Supplementary pumps have been deployed due to low water levels in the River Suck, which are decreasing at a significant rate. Customers in Ballinasloe, Laurencetown, Eyrecourt and Kiltormer are urged to reduce water usage in every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all.

    Aran Islands

    Night time restrictions on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr will be extended from 8pm to 8am daily commencing on Friday, July 6. Water usage on Inis Mór has increased by 30 per cent in the past 21 days and reservoir levels are giving cause for very serious concern.

    Water consumption on Inis Oirr and Inis Meain has increased by 30 per cent in the past two weeks and Irish Water is urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve water on all of the Aran Islands.

    West Galway

    Restrictions remain in place on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

    Demand in Tír na Fhía/Leitir Mór has increased significantly and some areas are experiencing outages. Supply from the Tír na Fhía Water Treatment Plant is higher than can be sustained and leak repairs have been carried out in recent days.

    South Galway

    Customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Work has been carried out at Clarenbridge Water Tower to improve the supply situation in the short term but consumption is still very high.

    Customers in Gort are also urged to conserve water as raw water levels in the Gort River are dropping.

    North Galway

    Groundwater springs and boreholes supplying Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Mountbellew and Ballymoe are extremely low and are a cause for serious concern.

    Galway City

    Due to very high demand in areas supplied by Tonabrocky reservoir, Irish Water has no choice but to restrict water supply at night time between the hours of 11pm and 7am.  

    Barna, Moycullen, Knocknacarra, Kingston, Taylor’s Hill, Letteragh Road, Bishop O’Donnell Road, Clybaun Road, Cappagh Road, Ballymoneen Road (areas north of Western Distributor Road) may experience low pressure and reduced flow at night time.

    These restrictions are essential to allow the Tonabrocky reservoir storage levels to recover and will remain in place at night time until further notice.

    Water conservation appeal

    Irish Water is appealing to the Galway public, particularly people working and living in Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Tuam, Athenry, Oranmore, Tir an Fhia, Leitir Mór, Tully, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, Ballinasloe and Galway City to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

     

  • It has been confirmed this evening that the boil water notice for the Lough Talt Public Water Supply Scheme remains in place until further notice.

    A two-week testing and sampling programme which was implemented in agreement with the HSE has concluded and found two more positive detections for cryptosporidium.

    Irish Water met with the HSE today (Wednesday) and on the advice of the health authority the Boil Water Notice remains in place. A further two weeks of sampling and testing has been agreed and these results will be reviewed with the HSE on Friday, March 2. The HSE confirmed today that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

    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.

    A statement from Irish Water this evening says its priority is The priority 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.

  • As the warm weather continues, the demand on water supplies is outstripping the supply in several areas around the country with increased demand at 10 per cent above normal or more. Demand for water right across Co Mayo continues to increase and as a result Irish Water is urging the public to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the three most at-risk areas that have been identified are the Lough Mask and Westport public water supplies and the Ballina area covering Lacken to Knockmore and Bonniconlon to Crossmolina. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and there are currently no water restrictions in place. However, the public is urged to conserve water in every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all.

    Meanwhile in Roscommon the three most at-risk schemes that have been identified are the Castlerea, Grangemore and Mount Talbot/Four Roads public water supplies. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

    Demand for water right across Galway continues to increase and Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is monitoring supplies closely on a daily basis.

    The Ballinasloe Water Treatment Plant is operating at full capacity and reservoir levels are giving major cause for concern. Supplementary pumps have been deployed due to low water levels in the River Suck. Customers in Ballinasloe, Laurencetown, Eyrecourt and Kiltormer are urged to reduce water usage in every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all.

    Night time restrictions will be implemented on Inis Mór from 10pm to 7am commencing Monday, July 2. This is to conserve water in the raw water reservoirs. Water usage on the island has increased by 40 per cent in the past week and reservoir levels are giving cause for very serious concern.

    Water consumption on Inis Oirr and Inis Meain has increased by 30 per cent in the past 10 days and Irish Water is urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve water on all of the Aran Islands. Water restrictions on Inis Oirr will continue nightly from 11pm to 7am.

    Restrictions remain in place on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

    Demand in Tír na Fhía/Leitir Mór has increased significantly and some areas are experiencing outages. 

    Clarenbridge Water Tower did not refill overnight and storage is not sufficient to meet demand. Customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.

     

     

  • Irish Water is to invest €19 million to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Foxford and Charlestown.

    The contract was signed yesterday with Glan Agua, and construction is expected to get underway in the coming weeks, with the project due to be completed by early 2020.

    For years, untreated sewage has been flowing into Killala Bay, but Irish Water says a new wastewater treatment plant will be constructed in Killala along with a new pumping station and the upgrade of the sewer network.

    This will ensure that wastewater discharging into Killala Bay meets appropriate standards.

    The Foxford and Charlestown sewerage schemes will upgrade the wastewater treatment networks in both towns to provide for the current population and for future growth in both areas.

    The Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring says €19 million is being invested to end the discharge of untreated wastewater from Killala, Charlestown and Foxford…

  • Irish Water says a hosepipe ban could be extended to more areas around the country.

    The ban is kicking in in the Greater Dublin Area on Monday to conserve water and ensure city supplies are safe.

    Non-essential use of water is banned until the end of July as an emergency drought measure.

    Anyone caught breaking the water conservation order could be prosecuted or face a 125 euro fine.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council would like to advise customers that recent water restrictions placed on a number of Water Supply Schemes have now been removed. The restrictions were imposed on a number of schemes in the wake of Storm Emma and were necessary due to excessive demand placed on water supplies during the cold snap.

     

    Irish Water has thanked the public for their co-operation and patience while these night-time restriction were in place and while leak detection and repair crews fixed several significant leaks in the county in the past week and also the staff of Mayo County Council.

      

    While there are no restrictions in place, usage is still very high across the county and customers are urged to conserve water and check for leaks on their own properties, in holiday homes and unoccupied premises. If a member of the public sees a leak on public property they are asked to report it 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.

     

    Meanwhile restrictions will remain in place on a number of Galway supplies over the weekend. Restrictions will be in place at night time over the weekend to allow reservoirs replenish and to ensure water supply tomorrow: Kiltormer/Clontuskert/Clonfert, Carraroe, Williamstown, and Moylough.

     Water supply has returned to many customers in the Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Kiltormer and Clonfert areas. Supply returned to Clontuskert overnight. Full supply will be returned to Cloonlahan, Meelick and Fahy tomorrow.

    Water supply has been maintained to Ballinasloe town and Portiuncula Hospital. A number of leaks in the town have been repaired to allow further water to be diverted to the rural areas. Consumption on the Ballinasloe Regional Water Supply Scheme has increased by 60 per cent in recent days.

    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This water supply is suffering major issues and water will be rotated around the scheme.  Areas in Camus and Bealandangan which have had very limited supplies in recent days should receive better water pressure as valves were modified to boost supplies to these areas.

    Irish Water leak detection crews are visiting domestic customers in Carraroe, Barna, Furbo and Moycullen over the coming days, where high usage on domestic meters has been identified, to request them to avail of the First Fix Free scheme and we would appeal to customers to take advantage of this offer.

    A number of leaks have also been repaired in Carraroe, Williamstown, Ballinasloe and Rós Muc this week. A leak was also repaired in Eyrecourt this morning.

    Some customers were receiving no supply in Tír an Fhia. Repair of a significant leak near Leitir Mór bridge was completed last night, and we are confident all properties have normal water supply.

    A number of customers at Cushatrower, Inis Nee and in the Roundstone village area, will have improved supply following valve reconfiguration.

    Restrictions will be in place in Moylough again tonight due to excessive demand on the scheme.  

    Leak detection and repairs are still being undertaken in Williamstown. High leakage on customers’ properties is also being addressed. Supply will continue to be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days and customers will experience intermittent disruptions and/or loss of supply.

    Across Galway 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 any leaks in public areas 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.

      

     

  • Irish Water has confirmed that a section of pipe in the Co Roscommon village of Ballinlough that’s prone to repeated bursts, will be replaced – but not until August, which is totally unacceptable according to a local Councillor.

    The section of pipe running from Ballinlough village out the Carrick National School has had a number of bursts in recent weeks, causing water outages or low water pressure for householders and businesses in the area, as well as Carrick school.

    Irish Water has now agreed to replace the 2km section of pipe, and has scheduled the work for August.

    While welcoming the pipe replacement, Castlerea-based Councillor Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s unfair on customers affected by the outages that the work is still three months away…