Irish water

  • Irish Water staff in Mayo and Galway are among those who have been subjected to threats and intimidation.

    A log of flashpoints over the past 3 years shows 21 instances of assault or abuse were reported by Irish Water staff or contractors.

    In Galway City, a contractor crew was threatened with a machete by an irate home owner, according to records released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    In Co Mayo, a staff member of Irish Water was starting to reverse her vehicle when she noticed a cardboard box had been placed against the rear wheel.

    According to the records, she got out and removed the box and noticed abusive graffiti had been daubed on the vehicle.

    10 incidents were recorded last year alone.

     

  • There is welcome news this evening for residents of Lakeshore Drive in Castlebar who have had raw sewerage seeping from a manhole in their estate for some time now.

    Local Fine Gael councillor Ger Deere has been highlighting the frustration of the local residents in relation to this ongoing issue of environmental concern and this evening he told Midwest News that  Irish Water will address the problem early in the new year.

    Cllr Deere has welcomed the news but says it’s taken too long for  a response from the utility company.

  • Irish Water is to provide extra traffic management on Friday and Sunday evenings in Charlestown, while work is ongoing on sewerage pipes in the town.

    That was confirmed by local Sinn Fein Cllr Gerry Murray today.

    Cllr Murray had contacted Irish Water to see if they could provide additional personnel to man the traffic management in the town, especially on Friday and Sunday evenings due to the sheer volume of traffic.

    Irish Water confirmed they will do that and they will suspend works for the St Patrick’s Weekend, so that the parade can go ahead.

    Cllr Murray also appealed to people to shop local, despite the ongoing works.

    He also said that Irish Water hope to have finished the works in the next four weeks.

  • 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…

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, is replacing ageing water mains in Ballina to improve security of supply, improve water quality and reduce high levels of leakage.

    The works involve the replacement of approximately 1700 metres of old problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipe material.

    This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited. Works are due to commence in mid-September and will take approximately 16 weeks to complete. Once complete, customers will benefit from a more consistent water supply due to the reduction in instances of bursts and leaks.

    The section of works will take place between Circular Road, Pound Street, Killala Road and Libadore. The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work.

    Areas of work will be limited to short sections to minimise impact on customers. The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

    Traffic management will be in place during this time. Local and emergency traffic will be maintained at all times. Irish Water understands that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.

    Residents and businesses in the areas to benefit from the planned improvements have been notified and customers can phone Irish Water on Callsave 1850 278 278if they have any questions about the project.

     

  • Inland and western counties are experiencing the best of today's weather.

    Temperatures in many areas could reach 30 or 31 degrees, with similar temperatures forecast again tomorrow across Connacht.

    A number of water schemes across the country are in a critical situation as the heatwave continues, with night-time restrictions imposed on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant and on Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands - water supplies in these areas are restricted between 11pm and 7am.

    Across the region, reservoir levels have dropped and there's also extra demand on the system as people are using more water.

    Irish Water is appealing to people across Connacht to conserve water during this hot spell.

    They say demand has increased in particular in the Westport area and on the Lough Mask supply, and people should refrain from washing cars or leaving taps running, and report any leaks to Irish Water.

  • Irish Water will today publish the Public Notice for the Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the necessary lands, and wayleaves at Knocksruffaunavana, Carraroe for the development of a new wastewater treatment plant as part of the Carraroe Sewerage Sceheme.   

    The CPO will also be submitted to An Bord Pleanála.

    Irish Water is working to end the unacceptable practice of discharging untreated wastewater into Casla Bay by developing a new wastewater treatment plant as part of the Carraroe Sewerage Scheme.

    The new wastewater treatment plant will bring benefits to Carraroe in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all. Cleaner water will enhance Carraroe’s amenity value and act as a platform for social and economic development. The new pipes, pumping station and wastewater treatment plant have all been sized to accommodate an increase in the local population and will facilitate future growth in the area. The project will also ensure that the water quality standards set down by regulatory bodies will be achieved.

     

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council are working to restore the water supply for some 1500 customers in the Kilkerrin & Moylough areas.

    Areas that are supplied by the Slieveroe Water Tower may suffer loss of water supply due to deterioration in raw water quality as a result of exceptionally heavy rain.

    Homes are urged to conserve water and avoid using dishwashers or washing machines if at all possible until the full supply returns.

    In a statement this morning, Irish Water apologizes for the inconvenience caused but, it is unlikely that the water supply will be restored before 6pm tomorrow evening.

    Irish Water’s customer support number is available 24/7 on 1850 274274.

  • In the coming weeks, Irish Water will be writing to 140 thousand homes and businesses in 16 counties, where water supply is 'not as good as it could be'.

    Homes and businesses on the public water network whose supplies are on the EPA's Remedial Action list will receive letters outlining problems with their supply.

    Irish Water says the water is still safe to drink in 53 of the 55 water schemes in the list.

    However, boil water notices are in place on the Lough Talt supply in Sligo and at Grangemore in Roscommon where the water is not safe to drink.

     Irish Water will outline what they're doing in these 55 areas to improve supply, and how soon the works will be carried out.

  • The Kilkerrin Moylough Water Treatment Plant has this morning returned to production as raw water quality at the spring source has improved sufficiently.

    It will take 10-12 hours for all areas of the network to refill so we would ask members of the community to conserve water once it returns to allow all areas to refill as quickly as possible.

    Chlorine levels may be higher than normal initially but will return to normal in 24 hours.

    Supply to parts of Moylough has been maintained however a water tanker will be available at the Community Centre in Kilkerrin from 11am until this evening should members of the community need to fill containers of water.

    We would acknowledge the great work of the Galway County Council operations crew in restoring the water treatment plant to supply.

    Irish Water’s customer support number is available 24/7 on 1850 2278278.
    Irish Water, safeguarding our water for our future.

  • Green-Schools moved its annual Water Awards ceremony online today, with a virtual ceremony shown on screens in 24 schools around the country.

    Postponed in May due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony celebrates the winners of the annual Water School of the Year Awards; Water poster competition and Water Ambassador Programme.

    The Green-Schools Water theme is supported by Irish Water.

    Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire, Cork and Dominican College, Galway City were named Ireland’s Water Schools of the Year (primary and secondary) today.

    A Mayo Primary School was also awarded today, as the regional winner of the School of the Year for the Northern and Western Region.

    St Joseph’s NS, Bonniconlon impressed with their great committee structure, which is inclusive of almost all class groups in the school.

    They also repaired taps, used timers, reduced flush capacity and did simple things like putting basins in sinks.

    Their ‘Tap Wardens’ ensured taps were fully turned off at break times and the school went on numerous educational trips associated with water. Their actions lead to an impressive reduction in water use per person per day from 10.1l to 5.8l!


    The Green-Schools programme has moved much of its interaction online for the current school year, having developed a suite of Green-Schools Stay Home resources since March, including 13 weeks of activities related to the Water theme.

    This is the seventh year of the awards and partnership with Irish Water, which has seen over 2,000 schools attend interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013. 

    Following the awards today, Ger Greally of Irish Water, said: “A key part of Irish Water’s role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supplies is helping the next generation understand the importance of conserving water.

  • Most parts of the country will enter a state of 'absolute drought' today meaning no rain has fallen in the past 15 days.

    As a result, Irish water has extended the hosepipe ban country wide from tomorrow morning - as supplies remain under pressure from the heatwave.

    Using water for non-essential activities is banned under the order and anyone who breaks it could face prosecution or a fine.

  • A nationwide hosepipe ban comes into operation from 8am tomorrow morning, as a drought continues across the country.

    Irish Water has announced a hosepipe ban from tomorrow until the end of July, to help protect water supplies.

    With little or no rain over the last month, and no significant rain forecast for the next week, Irish Water says they're extending the hosepipe ban across the country to try and prevent further water restrictions at a later stage.

    This means a ban on using a hose for watering gardens, washing cars or boats or filling paddling pools.

    The ban does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes.

    Irish Water is continuing to urge people to conserve water during the drought, and report any leaks on public supplies.

    Across the country, water supplies remain under pressure but demand has dropped since the hosepipe ban was introduced in the Greater Dublin Area earlier this week.

  • Irish Water has confirmed to Minister Dara Calleary that approval has been sanctioned for the replacement of the Cast Iron Watermain on Barrack Street, Kilalla and associated lead connections.  

    The work will be funded from the recently approved stimulus package funding targeted at water conservation and does not impact on funding for other water conservation works planned or ongoing in county Mayo.

    The works will involve the replacement of 350m of 150mm cast iron watermain with lead connections – the mains was installed in the early 1900s.

    The Killala Sewerage Scheme upgrade is ongoing and now is considered an opportune time for Mayo County Council’s Road Office to install critical infrastructure before refurbishing Barrack Street towards the end of August.

  • The heatwave is set to continue into next weekend and beyond.

    Met Eireann says no significant rainfall is expected for the foreseeable future.

    A hosepipe ban is now in operation in the Greater Dublin area as Irish Water is again urging the public to conserve water.

    Production plants are struggling to meet increasing demand as drought conditions take a grip around the country,

    39 water supplies are under night-time water restrictions and over 100 are at risk.

    In Co Galway, night-time restrictions will be introduced on Inis Mór from 10pm at night to 7 am in the mornings, starting from tonight.

    Water restrictions in Inis Oirr will continue every night also.

    In Connemara, restrictions remain in place on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant at night, while residents in some areas of Galway City are advised that, due to high demand, they may experience low pressure and reduced flow at night time.

    In East Galway, customers in Ballinasloe, Laurencetown, Eyrecourt and Kiltormer are urged to reduce water usage to ensure a continuous supply, as reservoir levels are a cause of concern.

    Irish Water is urging the public across the region to conserve water as the hot spell continues, and also to report leaks on the public water network, and to repair private leaks in homes and businesses.

  • The North East Roscommon Water Treatment Plant was officially opened this morning.

    The investment from Irish Water and Roscommon County Council in this project totals €9.5m. It follows a long-term boil water notice on the supply, which affected over 7,600 people and businesses.

    The new water treatment plant will service Elphin, Strokestown, Rooskey, Kilmore, Scramogue, Tarmonbarry and Ballyleague.

    The project also included a temporary water treatment plant, while the new structure was being constructed.

    The completed project provides comprehensive treatment facilities including a cryptosporidium barrier and has led to the removal of the scheme from the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), a list which highlights at risk schemes.

    The opening was performed this morning by Roscommon Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins and Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr Ivan Connaughton.

    Senator Hopkins told Midwest News that it is a good day for all the areas served by this plant.

  • Irish Water says supplies are almost back to normal across Co Mayo, following increased demand during Storm Emma.

    However, there will be a partial restriction in Kiltimagh tonight, affecting about 50 houses, but full supply will be maintained in the town area.

    Irish Water says repair crews are working to fix three leaks on the network today, and it’s hoped a full service will be restored in the Kiltimagh area tomorrow.

    Meanwhile in Co Galway, restrictions will be in place again tonight in the areas of Williamstown, Moylough,  Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Clonfert, Tír an Fhia, Carraroe, and Clonbur/ Cornamona.

    The restrictions are in place to allow reservoirs to replenish overnight, to ensure customers have a water supply during the day.

    In relation to Williamstown, Irish Water says leak repairs are still being undertaken, and high leakage on customers’ properties is being addressed.

    Supply will be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days, so customers will experience some loss of supply or intermittent disruptions.

     

     

     

  • Irish Water is advising that across county Mayo there are issues with high demand on water supplies.

    It’s 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 them 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 it tries to protect the levels in 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.

     Restrictions were placed on the Louisburgh supply overnight.

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

     

     

  • Raw sewage is no longer flowing into Killala Bay, following a €19 million investment in wastewater infrastucture in the area.

    That's according to Irish Water, in response to a new report published this morning by the EPA.

    The report says raw sewage is flowing into the environment from 35 towns and villages every day - including the Mayo towns of Killala and Newport - posing an unacceptable risk to the environment and to public health.

    However, Irish Water has stressed that the new wastewater treatment plant in Killala has been completed and is operational, stopping the discharge of raw sewage into the bay.

    The company says it's also progressing plans for a new wastewater treatment plant in Newport to address the last remaining raw sewage being discharged into the environment in Co Mayo.

    However, following queries from Midwest News, Irish Water has confirmed that the works in Newport are not due to be completed until 2024.

     

     

  • Repairs have now been completed following a major water burst in Ballina town today.

    The burst watermain at the Dunnes Stores roundabout impacted on water supply for a number of customers in the area, and traffic restrictions were in place to allow emergency repairs be carried out.

    Irish Water has confirmed to Midwest News this evening that the repairs are now completed, and all customers have water supplies restored.

    The road is still being reinstated by Mayo County Council and a traffic management plan will remain in place until this is completed.