Irish water

  • Irish Water has launched advice for businesses that are reopening their premises after lockdown.

    The company has published a list of measures that owners and managers can take to mitigate risks such as leaks, blockages and stagnant water.

    Irish Water says a number of issues can arise when buildings are left unused for a period of time.

    These includes leaks that cause damage to premises and stock; blockages in pipes from oil or grease, dead rodents in water tanks that can cause contamination, and stagnant water in plumbing and cooling systems that can create serious health risks such as Legionnaires disease.

    Business owners and managers are advised to check the website water.ie to see what steps they can take to reduce these risks and protect the health of staff and customers.

     

  • 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 has again confirmed that it has no intention of developing a regional sludge hub at Belleek in Ballina, nonetheless it has plans to develop the site already there, as an expanded dewatering location.

     It has now agreed to undertake an odour study in the area and will also undertake a public consultation process ahead of seeking planning permission to increase the capacity of the Ballina plant, as it now stands, by 20 percent.

    Irish Water met with local Oireachtas members yesterday to discuss it’s Ballina treatment plant in Belleek, in response to increasing local concerns about the plant already in place.

    Residents say that an unpleasant odour periodically emanates from the site, and they have expressed fears that further developments may be underway by the water utility company at the location.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin was at yesterday’s meeting and she told Midwest News today that while the meeting helped clarify some of the issues, further information is required.

  • 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.

  • Deputy Sean Canney has received confirmation that Irish Water is still awaiting the final report on the site selection process for the Connaught Regional Sludge Hub, which will be published toward the end of the year.

    He told Midwest News today that he also received confirmation from Irish Water that they did receive contact from Bord na Móna who have alternative site suggestions for the Sludge Hub for the province. However, Irish Water has decided not to pursue these alternative sites as this report will only examine sites in the ownership of Irish Water.

    Deputy Canney claims this is a very narrow focus with only two sites under consideration, one in Sligo and the other in Tuam.

    He argues that Bord na Móna potentially could solve all the problems nationally with Sludge disposal and they could generate energy and by-products which would be an advantage. Bord na Móna are now in the waste business and can provide suitable sites.

    The deputy has called on Irish Water to ”re-think its strategy and look beyond its own sites”.

     

  • In the present Covid-19 outbreak, Irish Water is asking the public, both householders and businesses to help in maintaining vital water and wastewater services by conserving water where possible.

    In particular, business customers are asked to turn off all non-essential water in buildings which are not going to be in use for a period of time, including, for example, the automatic flushing of urinals.

     Irish Water is also appealing to the public to check for and report leaks to 1850 278 278.

    While there may be an increased usage of antiseptic wipes at this time, Irish Water is urging that these are disposed of in a bin, as the flushing of wipes can cause blockages on the network.

     

  • Irish Water has confirmed that the Boyle Water Supply scheme in Co Roscommon is to be extended to Grangemore.

    Irish Water is to invest €2.4 million in extending the scheme to the Grangemore area, where consumers have been on a boil water notice for some time, and have faced regular disruptions to their water supply.

    Roscommon FG Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that contracts have now been signed for works to improve the water supply in the area by extending the Boyle water supply to Grangemore and disconnecting the existing water treatment plant.

    The project is due to be completed by the end of the year.

  • 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.

     

     

  • The Do Not Consume Notice on water supply for consumers and visitors on Achill island looks set to remain in place for some time, according to Irish Water.

    Having consulted with the HSE and working with Mayo County Council, Irish Water  issued the notice late on Friday evening last for everyone on the island supplied by the Achill Public Water Supply Scheme and the following Group Water Schemes - Slievemore 1, Doogort 2, Dooinver, Dooega and Saile. 

    Irish Water is stressing that this is not a boil water notice, but rather that water from the supply cannot be consumed at all.

    However, the water is safe to use for handwashing and personal hygiene

    Ger Greally of the Operational department of Irish Water told Midwest News this morning that a catastrophic failure of the supply occurred on Friday evening last.

    He explained that all last week demand on the water supply in Achill was extremely high, and by Friday in warm, sunny weather the plant was unable to deal with the level of aluminum sulphide that is usually added to the public water supply.

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council can confirm that night time restrictions implemented in Castlerea on June 2nd are now lifted with immediate effect.

    Earlier this week Irish Water had to implement night time restrictions in Castlerea as the raw water source supplying the treatment plant was very low.

    This was causing treatment difficulties at the plant.

    Night time restrictions were implemented but Irish Water are happy to confirm that due to the help of the local community in reducing consumption and conserving water, reservoir levels have now recovered to an acceptable standard.

    Coupled with the decreasing temperatures and reduced demand night time restrictions are lifted with immediate effect.

  • 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 is urging people to conserve water, as domestic water usage has increased by an average of 20% in homes across the region since the Covid-19 restrictions came into force.

    With more people staying at home, households are using an additional 24 litres of water per person per day, putting the water supply under pressure.

    As water treatment plants are already working to their maximum capacity, Irish Water is appealing to the public to choose handwashing over power-washing, and conserve water there they can.

    Householders are also urged to use a watering can rather than a hose in the garden, take a shower instead of a bath, and fix any dripping taps.

    Irish Water says the water supply in Mayo is currently stable, but with the continued dry weather, this might change.

  • Irish Water's being ordered to cut 100 million euro off its running costs.

    The Commission for Regulation of Utilities says, compared with similar companies in Britain, its costs are up to 42 percent higher for supplying water and up to 62 percent higher for treating wastewater.

    It's recommended the utility cut its budget from 722 million to 610 million a year over the next five years according to the Sunday Business Post.

    Irish Water's blaming its reliance on 31 councils to deliver water services as the reason for its high costs.

  • Remedial works are taking place on the Ballycastle water scheme, where a boil water notice is currently in place following the detection of cryptosporidium in the water supply last month.

    Irish Water has confirmed to local FG Councillor Jarlath Munnelly that the remedial works are nearing completion, and it's hoped the boil water notice could be lifted following the next review meeting with the HSE on the 4th December.

    Councillor Munnelly says this would be welcomed by Ballycastle residents who currently have to boil water before use.

    He says Irish Water also has longer-term plans to improve water quality in the area, by connecting Ballycastle to the Ballina Regional Supply, which provides water for most of North East Mayo.

  • 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 signed the contract to extend the Tuam Regional Water Supply to Loughrea.

    The €13.8 million euro project will ensure a safe and robust water supply for over 9,000 residents and businesses in the Loughrea area.

    Irish Water has awarded the contract to Shareridge and Farrans as a joint venture.

    Works are due to start in the coming weeks, and the project will take about a year and a half to complete.