Irish water

  • Irish Water is struggling to cope with the fallout from last week's storm.

    1.2 million people, mostly around Dublin, have had their supplies restricted.

    However, areas across counties Mayo and Galway are also struggling with water shortages.

    It follows a surge in demand over the last week which saw an extra 60 million litres used each day.

    The public's now being asked to conserve supplies where possible.

    Eamon Gallen from Irish Water says they're trying to limit disruption.


  • Water supplies in the Elphin area of Co Roscommon may be impacted today,  as a result of an electrical outage in the area between 10am and 2pm.

    Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are advising customers in Elphin Town, Shankill Cross, Ballyroddy and surrounding areas that water supplies may be impacted by the power outage.

    It's expected electricity will be restored at about 2pm, after necessary works are carried out by ESB Networks, and some customers may experience disruption to their water supplies until then.


  • 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.


  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council wish to advise customers in Shrule Village and surrounding areas that their water supply has been impacted as a result of a number of bursts to a water main.

    Three bursts to the rising main feeding Shrule reservoir have been fixed since Friday. However water is still not getting into the reservoir and crews are continuing to search for another burst which is proving difficult.

    It is hoped that the remaining burst will be located and repaired by midday today but some customers may not receive a full water supply for a further two to three hours while water returns to the network.

    An alternative drinking water supply is available in the village. Anyone taking water from the tanker is advised to bring their own containers and to boil the water before use as a precaution. Customers are also asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines when at the tanker.

    Irish Water understands the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore normal supply to impacted customers. The customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.  For updates please see the water supply and services section of our website

    Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council is advising customers in Co Mayo, and especially those supplied by the Lough Mask water supply, 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.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Erris, Louisburgh, Ballina, and Castlebar 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

    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 would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Meanwhile Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that water supply has been restored to customers today following water restrictions on the scheme. The reservoirs have filled sufficiently to allow supply to return however, due to increased demand restrictions will be in place again tonight and for the next few nights until demand regularises and the water treatment plant can meet the demand needs. It may take several hours for all sections of the network to get water supply. 

    Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained at all times. Irish Water is grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe yesterday evening on behalf of the utility and the local fire service distributed it to vulnerable customers. 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.

    Night time restrictions on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies has enabled the reservoirs to refill to some degree and full supply has been restored this morning. Irish Water would like to thank customers supplied by these schemes for adhering to our water conservation notice yesterday. There will be further restrictions on this scheme tonight.

    Water levels on Inishbofin are critical following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew travelled to the island this morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water is available at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.

    Williamstown is suffering a major water supply issue and leak repair crews will be undertaking work in the town today to try to restore supply. Customers in some areas supplied from Kilnalag Reservoir have no water at present. 

    In East Galway customers are again urged 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.

    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. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    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








  • Irish Water has confirmed that a number of areas have been removed from the Lough Talt boil water notice, which was put in place in February, following the detection of cryptosporidium.

    Bellaghy customers are now receiving a clean water supply from Charlestown and no longer need to boil water before consumption.

    This is good news for some 785 customers in the Bellaghy area.

    A number of other areas in Co Sligo have also been removed from the boil water notice – including Sandyhill, Cloonaughill, Cully, the southern 80% part of Bunnacrannagh, Brackloonagh, Brogher, Lissard, and Curryfuel.

    Irish Water will telephone or write to the customers in the Bunnacrannagh area who are being removed from the Boil Water Notice and customers who reside in this area are advised to keep boiling water before consumption until they receive either a call or letter from Irish Water.

    However, customers in the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland are still being urged to boil water before use.

    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.

  • Work is due to begin in the coming days on replacing ageing water mains in Roundstone, Cornamona and Clonbur in Co Galway.

    Irish Water and Galway County Council will begin work on Thursday in Roundstone to replace 160 metres of ageing water main.

    The existing pipes will be replaced with modern high density pipes which will allow improved flow of water to the town, securing supply for improving pressure for local business and residents.

    The work will take about 6 weeks to complete.

    On Monday next, work will get underway in Cornamona and Clonbur to replace and decommission sections of ageing water mains that are prone to bursts – this project is expected to take over 6 months to complete, due to the level of rock in the ground where the new water mains and service connections will be constructed.

    The works may involve some short-term water shut offs, and Irish Water says customers will be given a minimum of 48 hours prior notice of any planned shut-offs.

    The works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s National Leakage Reduction Programme.



  • Irish Water has confirmed that work is underway on replacing a section of water mains on the Sligo Road in Ballina.

    Recurring water bursts on this section have been causing problems for local residents and businesses for some time.

    The 750 metre section of water mains will be upgraded on the Sligo Road to improve water supply and reduce high levels of leakage.

    A traffic management plan is in place while the works are ongoing.

    Irish Water says the work should be completed by the end of April.

  • Work will begin in Roscommon Town next week to remove old lead pipes from the public water network, in order to provide a safer and more reliable water supply to the town.

    The work will get underway next Tuesday 3rd April, and will involve removing lead service connections along Castle Street and the Square in Roscommon Town.

    The old lead pipes, which are prone to leakage, will be replaced by modern plastic pipes.

    The work will be carried out by Roscommon County Council on behalf of Irish water and will take about eight weeks to complete.

    This may involve some short-term water shut offs, and Irish Water says the project team will ensure customers are given 48 hours prior notice to any planned water shut-offs.

    Temporary traffic management arrangements will also be put in place during the works.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is to commence works in Charlestown as part of a €19 million investment in the Killala, Foxford and Charlestown Sewerage Scheme.

    The project will involve an upgrade of the existing wastewater treatment plant to serve a population equivalent of 3,250, the installation of new sewers, upgrade of existing sewers and the installation of a new outfall to the Mullaghanoe River.

    The works will commence on Monday in Charlestown to install the new sewer through the town along the N17 route.

    The works will be carried out by Glan Agua on behalf of Irish Water and are expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

    In order to minimise disruption to businesses and residents the works will be carried out in five sections.

    Colm Claffey, of Irish Water says The project team will need to assess the ground conditions by digging a number of trial pits in the area of the square in Charlestown.

    This work will commence on Monday, and is expected take approximately two days to complete.

    Mr. Claffey went on to say that they will then commence construction of the new sewer from the railway line on the N17, adjacent to Cassidy Motors. From there, the works will progress through the town centre, crossing the square and along the N17 as far as the Garda Station”.

    Traffic management will be in place for the duration of the works. During the day a stop-go system will be operated by the contractor, with single lane traffic passing the works area. During the night, traffic lights will be set up, and the single lane traffic system will remain in place overnight. In order to minimise disruption the contractor will reinstate the road surface and move the traffic management system as each section of works is completed. 
    During the works, access to side streets will be maintained. On-street parking will not be available in the immediate area where the contractor is carrying out works however; parking will be available through the rest of the town.

    The project team will continue to keep the local community and businesses updated as the works progress. As part of this project Glan Agua has appointed a Community Liaison Officer who will be responsible for communicating with all stakeholders in the local community and will be available to address and queries or concerns in relation to the works. 
    This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021. 

  • Works to replace 1.9 kilometres of ageing water mains and service connections in Ballindine will get underway on Tuesday.

    These works will reduce the instances of bursts and water outages experienced in the area in the past and will eliminate leaks.

    The works will begin on Tuesday and are expected to be completed by the end of June.

    The project will be delivered by Mayo County Council on behalf of Irish Water and will take place on the Scardaune Road, west of Ballindine.

    The works may involve some short term water shut offs and traffic management plans but local residents and businesses will be notified of these in advance.

    Local Fine Gael Cllr Tom Connolly told Midwest News the works are welcome news

  • Works will get underway early next month in Roscommon Town, to provide a more reliable water supply for businesses.

    Irish Water, working with Roscommon County Council, is will replace sections of problematic water mains in the county town, to reduce the frequency of bursts and improve water quality.

    The works will involve replacing over 860 metres of cast iron water mains with high-density plastic pipes and will take place along Goff Street, Athlone Road, Church St and Abbey Street.

    The works will start in early July and continue until October.

    Road closures will be in place during the improvement works, but will be limited to one section at a time to maintain traffic flow and minimise impact on customers.

    Irish Water says diversions will be clearly signposted.