Irish water

  • Water supply in Charlestown and the surrounding areas may be impacted today, due to a power failure that occurred overnight.

    Irish Water says crews are currently checking for airlocks throughout the scheme, and a full water supply should be restored to all customers by lunchtime today.



  • Clean Coasts and Irish Water have launched their “Think Before You Pour” Christmas campaign to raise awareness of the damage caused by pouring fats, oils and greases from the roast turkey Christmas dinner down the kitchen sink.

    Fats, oils and greases may seem like liquid when poured but once they reach the pipes they cool and can cause blockages in the sewer pipes in homes, businesses, the public sewer network, wastewater treatment plants and ultimately damage the environment.

    Anthony Skeffington of Irish Water says so far this year Irish Water have cleared more than 6,000 blockages from the sewer network across the country and says many of these were avoidable.

  • Residents of Roundstone in Connemara will benefit from a new wastewater treatment plant, which will end the discharge of the equivalent of 645 wheelie bins of raw sewage into Roundstone Bay every day.

    That's according to Irish Water, which is working with Galway County Council to progress plans to build a new wastewater treatment plant to serve a population of about 1,000 people.

    Irish Water has published a compulsory purchase order for the lands required to deliver the new scheme, and says it will end the unacceptable practice of discharging raw sewage into Roundstone Bay, and will allow for the growth and development of Roundstone and surrounding areas.

    Planning permission will also be sought from Galway County Council, and the timeline for commencing work on the project is subject to the CPO and planning approvals.

  • 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 Boil water notice has been issued for businesses and customers supplied by the Knock Airport Public Water Supply.

    Following advice from the HSE, Irish Water and Mayo County Council the notice has been put in place.

    This also affects Cloonlyon Group Water Scheme along with Knock Airport, Cloonlyon National School and approximately 15 households.  

    The Boil Water Notice has been put in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the Knock Airport Public Water Supply.

    Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Mayo County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Irish Water and Mayo County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable.

    In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.

  • Irish Water in reminding householders in The Neale, Cross and Breaffy that the deadline is running out for the €1,000 connection fee.

    The new schemes are expected to go live shortly, and an incentivised offer of a €1,000 euro connection fee per house runs out on the 31st March.

    After that date, the cost per house will increase to €3,900.

  • 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

  • The practise of discharging raw sewage into Killala Bay will end within weeks.


    Irish Water has confirmed it will commence operation of a new wastewater treatment plant in the coming weeks, which will stop the discharge of untreated wastewater into Killala Bay.


    The new treatment plant in Killala will serve a population of 1,800 and will allow for social and economic growth, according to Irish Water.


    This project forms part of a €19 million investment in wastewater infrastructure in Mayo, along with the completed Foxford and Charlestown schemes.


    Irish Water is also progressing plans for a new wastewater treatment plant in Newport to address the remaining raw sewage being discharged in the county.


  • The Do Not Consume drinking water restriction in place on the Achill Public Water Supply, which included adjoining group water schemes, has been lifted with immediate effect.

    Irish Water say the water quality sampling has confirmed that the water is now safe to drink following a reduction in demand to normal levels and reduced temperatures in the raw water coming from the lake to the water treatment plant.

    The Do Not Consume notice on the supply was issued on Friday, 7 August, following consultation with the HSE due to elevated levels of aluminium in the water supply. Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water and Mayo County Council are advising customers that the drinking water can now be consumed as normal.

    Irish Water’s Ger Greally, has thanked the residents, businesses and visitors to Achill who were affected by this notice for their patience and cooperation until demand and temperatures dropped to normal levels.

    Some upgrade works have taken place at the Acorrymore Water Treatment Plant to ensure that if demand rises to an unsustainable level along with a rise in temperatures that the plant will shut down allowing both Irish Water and Mayo County Council time to assess the situation and put plans in place to prevent a further exceedance.

    All reservoirs on the island have also been cleaned. Customers may experience some intermittent outages this evening and over the weekend as full supply returns to the network following the reservoir cleaning. Meetings are also scheduled between Irish Water and Mayo County Council to discuss longer term solutions to this problem.

    Business customers will receive a 40 per cent rebate on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the do not consume notice and this will be back dated to August 7, 2020.

    If anyone has any queries they can call the Irish Water customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. 


  • Irish Water says a Do Not Use water notice, which was put in place earlier this week for a number of businesses at the Liosbaun Industrial Estate in Galway has now been lifted.

    The alert was issued earlier this week for 40 businesses in the Kilkerrin Park section of the estate as a precaution, following the accidental break of a sewer and watermain located in close proximity to each other which may have resulted in contamination of the drinking water supply.

    Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water has now lifted the notice and says the issue has been resolved.


  • A Do Not Use notice has been issued on the water supply in a section of the Liosbaun Industrial estate in Galway city.

    Irish Water has issued a Do Not Use notice for 40 commercial properties located in the Kilkerrin Park section of Liosbaun Industrial Estate as a precaution, following the accidental break of a sewer and watermain located near each other, which may have resulted in contamination of the drinking water supply.

    All impacted customers have been contacted directly, and no other part of the industrial estate or Galway city are affected.



  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council is working to restore the water supply to Corclough West, Belmullet following a watermain burst.

    Approximately 65 homes in Corclough West, Gladree, Tarmoncarra and surrounding areas including houses on the Aghadoon Group Water Scheme which are supplied by the Erris Regional Water Supply Scheme may be impacted by water outages while the repairs are carried underway.

    Mayo County Council staff are working to repair the burst as quickly and as safely as possible. The repair is expected to be completed by 4pm this 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 system will be in place for the duration of these urgent repair works.

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council understand the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we work to repair the burst and restore supply to impacted customers.

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are carrying out emergency repairs to a burst watermain, which is impacting on customers in Cloonfad, Clooneish and surrounding areas of south Roscommon.

    Consumers in these areas may experience low water pressure or outages this morning and until about 2.30 this afternoon.

    Irish Water says it may then take 2 or 3 hours for normal water supply to return to all customers.


  • 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 using weedkiller are being urged to be responsible, after an exceedance of the pesticide glyphosate was detected in the public drinking water supply in Newport.

    While the HSE says the levels do not represent a threat to public health, it's imperative that those using pesticides are mindful of best practice when spraying their lands.

    Glyphosate is a herbicide used mainly for controlling annual broadleaf weeds and grasses and is found in a number of weed killers.

    Irish Water is appealing to farmers and to those using pesticides to carefully follow the guidelines when applying these chemicals to their lands.



  • 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.

  • The hosepipe ban has been lifted.

    Irish Water says it's lifting the water conservation order following recent heavy rainfall and improving river and ground water conditions.

    It's been in effect since June 9th, when 27 of Irish Water's 900 drinking water schemes were in drought.

    Irish Water says after a review of data, along with the latest information from Met Éireann, the OPW and the EPA, it's now in a position to lift the ban from 5pm this evening.

  • Households which use too much water could be charged up to 500 euro a year.

    Irish Water has been given the go ahead to start charging customers who are wasting water.

    The utility is to write to households which are using over the set allowance.

    Homeowners will then have a year to fix any possible leaks or try to reduce their usage, before they're billed.

  • 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