Irish water

  • Irish Water and Roscommon County Council have been working since yesterday evening to repair two bursts to a watermain serving Ballaghadereen town and parts of Co Sligo.

    The bursts are impacting on water supply to homes and businesses on Main St and the Charlestown Road in Ballaghadereen and in Derrinacartha.

    Areas of Co Sligo affected include Banada and Keel Banada.

    Irish Water says it's expected the works will be completed by this morning, and it may take two or three hours for normal supply to return to all customers, as the network refills.




  • Residents along the N17 near Charlestown will have a more reliable water supply due to a programme of works which will commence next week.

    Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council is starting a programme of works to replace 700 metres of water main on the N17 Airport Road, near Charlestown.

    The works are expected to be completed by mid July and Irish Water says these works will reduce the number of bursts in the area, leading to a more reliable drinking water supply for local customers

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

    Dave Murphy, Regional Lead for the Leakage Reduction Programme says reducing these ageing water mains will not only reduce the high levels of leakage, but will also improve the reliability of water supplied to businesses and residents.

  • If the commitment given by Irish Water to rectify the faults causing poor water pressure for householders in the Crossmolina area, are not delivered on, than Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin says she will be back on to the utility company.

    She made the statement at last night’s public meeting in Crossmolina organised by residents affected. Up to 40 houses in the Boreen and Knockalegan  areas have been experiencing problems with the water pressure for some time now. There are two houses in particular, where almost no water is available.

    Irish Water is addressing a number of issues along the supply and say they will resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that leaks in the system together with additional demand for water since Christmas are exasperating the problem.


    Irish Water, working with Mayo County Council, is replacing approximately a kilometres of problematic, old watermains in Shrule that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage which caused water supply disruptions for customers in the area. The mains are being replaced with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

    The mains that are being replaced are on St Mary’s Road. The works are due to commence on Monday next, November 2, and will be completed by the end of December. Once completed, customers in this area, according to Irish Water will enjoy an improved water supply with less disruption.

    Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water.

     Commenting on the project Dave Murphy, Irish Water said: “To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some traffic management in place and a road closure will be necessary for four weeks starting on November 16th on St Mary’s Road. The community will be notified of this in advance. Alternative routes will be available and diversions will be clearly sign-posted. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

    The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team say that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs.

    Customers can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for regular updates.

  • Six agencies have joined forces with Irish Water to try and resolve the ongoing problem with pesticide exceedances in the Newport public water supply.

    Glyphosate and MCPA have both been detected at levels higher than that allowed under EU and Irish regulations, and the EPA has put the Newport water supply on its Remedial Action List until the issue is resolved.

    While the HSE says the levels in the Newport water do not represent a threat to public health, Irish Water says it's un undesirable situation, and is urging those using pesticides to be mindful of best practise when spraying their lands.

    Irish Water, Teagasc, the National Federation of Group Water Scheme, Mayo County Council, the Local Authority Water Programme, the Department of Agriculture and the Animal & Plant Health Association have now come together, to try and find solutions to the problem.

    The group is reminding farmers, sporting organisations and professional users of pesticides to follow best practise in applying pesticides - particularly near lakes and rivers used as drinking water sources.

  • A South Mayo Cllr is calling for upgrade works on the water pipes to be carried out in the Cornaroya area of Ballinrobe. 

    Fine Gael Cllr Patsy O'Brien says the current pipe isn't able to supply water for any new dwelling. 

    Cllr O'Brien says this is a huge area in close proximity to the town of Ballinrobe and is calling for the capacity of the pipe to be increased as a matter of urgency. 

    Meanwhile Cllr O’Brien has also called for an issue with the Killeen Water Scheme in Ballindine to be dealt with.

    According to Cllr O’Brien, a leak has occurred there again this morning and he says this has been an ongoing issue over the past two years.

    Cllr O’Brien says he has been in contact with Irish Water and has requested that they renew this section under the Water Conservation Programme. He says he received indications that it would be included but to date that has not happened and Cllr O’Brien has called for it to be listed in the 2019 programme.

  • Irish Water is investing €10 million to replace19 kilometres of ageing water mains throughout Galway City.

    The utility company says that these mains have been prone to leakage and bursts resulting in outages and reduced water pressure at times. It is estimated that up to 50 per cent of treated water running through these pipes is lost through leakage making it a high priority project for Irish Water.

    The project also includes the replacement of approximately 1,300 lead service

    Works will be carried out in Prospect Hill, Claddagh, Bohermore, Shantalla, Rahoon, Newcastle, Taylor’s Hill, Mervue, Roscam and Coolagh.

    The  work is due  to start in June (2018) and will take approximately 21 months to complete.

    Shareridge Limited has been awarded the contract for the project.

  • The firm that runs Irish Water should take control of the National Broadband Plan, according to Fianna Fail.

    According to the Irish Independent, the party wants Ervia to be put in charge of the rollout of high speed broadband across the country.

    It says a semi-state firm would do a better job of handling the multi-million euro project.

    The government's currently waiting for a full audit of the tendering process after the resignation of Denis Naughten as Communications Minister.

  • The official opening takes of the Lough Mask Water Main Extension from Ballyhaunis to Ballinlough and Williamstown took place today.

    Minister of State Ciaran Cannon, along with the Cathaoirligh of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon County Councils attended the official opening in Williamstown Parochial Hall this afternoon.

    Irish Water says the €10 million scheme provides a clean and secure supply of drinking water for the 5,000 consumers in Ballinlough, Granlahan, Cloonfad and Williamstown supplies, where long-standing boil water notices were in place.

  • There's some good news for residents in south Sligo, as works on the long-awaited Lough Talt water treatment plant are on track to be completed by the end of this year.

    Irish Water says the upgrade works will benefit some 13,000 people, who are currently affected by a Boil Water Notice - including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote, and a large rural hinterland.

    The boil water notice also applies to consumers supplied by the Ogham group water scheme, and the areas of Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield in Co Mayo.

    The boil water notice remains in place while work is ongoing to upgrade the plant.

    The current Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate treatment for protection against cryptosporidium and the formation of THMs and needs to be upgraded.

    Irish Water says customers supplied by the scheme may notice a difference in the taste and odour of their water due to the upgrade works currently taking place, but customers can consume the water once it's boiled.

    As part of the upgrade works, Sligo County Council staff will be carrying out necessary scouring / flushing of the networks in certain areas, and customers may experience intermittent low pressure or possible outages over the coming weeks.

    Irish Water says that, while the boil water notice is still in place,  the tap water is safe to use for personal hygiene such as handwashing, bathing and flushing of toilets.



  • Water charges went wrong because of how they were implemented rather than the idea, according to a new report.

    Researchers at NUI Galway have found there was a "serious disconnect" between the design and implementation.

    A conference is being held today to discuss how policies can be better introduced.

    Alan Ahearne, director of the Whittaker Institute at NUI Galway, says the local property tax model should have been followed.

  • Householders and businesses in parts of Swinford are without a water supply this morning.

    Midwest News contacted Irish Water to ask what was causing the disruption to the supply.

    In a statement Irish Water says, working in partnership with Mayo County Council, it is working to locate what appears to be a significant burst in the Swinford area.

    “Once the burst is located and assessed a timeframe will be put in place for repairs to be completed.

    Customers with queries should keep an eye on supply and services section for further updates.

    Customers can also call the dedicated Irish Water customer care helpline on 1850 278 278”.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council will be assessing water supply schemes across the county today to monitor usage levels which will inform decisions about which supplies need to be restricted overnight. By restricting schemes where demand is outstripping supply, reservoirs have the opportunity to replenish over night and therefore ensuring customers receive a water supply during the day.


    Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.


    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This will be managed locally to ensure water supply is rotated around the scheme. Irish Water would like to thank Galway Fire Brigade and the local fire service for distributing bottled water to vulnerable customers in Carraroe who have registered with Irish Water.


    A repair crew returned to Inishbofin this morning (Sunday) to carry out further repairs to a mechanical fault at the plant. The plant is in production with limited capacity. There will be water restrictions in place tonight. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water was delivered to the island yesterday.


    Demand has increased significantly once again on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies and last night’s restrictions will continue until this afternoon to allow the reservoirs refill. There will be more restrictions on this scheme tonight.


    Customers in Tir an Fhia are receiving intermittent supply due to issues at the water treatment plant. There will be further restrictions on this supply as a result. Repairs are currently being carried out at the plant. Customers are urged to conserve water as much as possible.


    Night time restrictions were imposed on the Carna/Kilkieran, Roundstone, and Rós Muc water supplies last night from 10pm until 9am this morning. Unprecedented demand due to taps being left running is causing reservoir levels to drop. This scheme will be monitored throughout the day and a decision on further restrictions will be taken this evening.


    Leak repair crews are still trying to find a leak in Williamstown which is causing a major water supply issue in the town. Supply will 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 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 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.


    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, Ballinasloe and Tuam.


  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council are advising  customers in Ballina  - in Pearse Street, Humbert Street, Dillon Terrace, Castle Road, Nally Street, the areas surrounding Beleek, Bachelors Walk, Arbuckle Row and Emmett Street that their water supply will  been impacted as a result of an emergency repair to a leaking water main at Dunnes Roundabout in the town. It is estimated that up to 500 houses and businesses will be affected by these works.

    The water outage will take place from 6pm this evening (Thurs) to approximately 2am (Fri). Traffic diversions/road closures will also be in place from Humbert Street/Dunnes Stores Junction, Pearse Street/Market Yard junction, Lower Pearse Street/Dillon Terrace junction.

    Commenting on the situation Ger Greally of Irish Water stated  “While repairing this leak, we are taking the opportunity to install critical valves at this location which will minimise the impact of any future outages and assist in better management of the network. This type of work would be very difficult to carry out  during the day due to traffic.”

    Irish Water's 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.


  • There is disruption to the water supply in Westport town this morning, following a burst water mains overnight.

    Local councillor Brendan Mulroy stold Midwest News that  Irish water staff are on site and it’s expected that the service will be restored  before noontime today.


    Water restrictions for more than a million people in effect this evening.

    Irish Water are implementing them in order to deal with the extra demand caused by Storm Emma.

    The utility say capacity is being far outstripped by demand.

    Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council would like to advise customers supplied from the Louisburgh public water supply that there will be further restrictions placed on the supply tonight from 11pm until 7am tomorrow morning.

    These restrictions are necessary due to unprecedented demand.

    Customers on this supply and across the county are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Across Mayo 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 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 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.

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

  • Water restrictions will be in place again tonight in the Kiltimagh and Louisburg areas, following increased demand during Storm Emma.

    The water supply to both areas was restricted last night, and the same restrictions will apply again tonight between 11pm and 7 am tomorrow morning, to allow reservoir levels to recover.

    Customers on the Kiltimagh and Louisburg schemes may experience water outages, or reduced pressure.

    Irish Water is again asking people across Co Mayo to conserve water, and check their premises, outside taps and water troughs for leaks.




  • Irish Water and Mayo County Council wish to advise customers in parts of Achill Island that overnight water restrictions will be in place tonight and tomorrow night due to operational improvement works at the water treatment plant.

    The restrictions will be in place both nights from 9pm until 8am in the following areas: Dooagh, Pollagh, Keel, Closhreid, Ashleam, Dooega, Currane and Cashel.

    These restrictions are necessary to ensure a continuous daily water supply is available for residents and businesses while the works are underway.

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is urging residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Oirr to conserve water, due to low raw water levels in the reservoirs. Irish Water has commenced tankering of water to Inis Oirr and night-time restrictions will commence after the June Bank Holiday weekend.
    Commencing Tuesday, June 5 water supply will be restricted each night from 11pm to 7am in order to ensure a consistent daytime supply on the island.
    Tankering is not a sustainable option and Irish Water is appealing to residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their usage to ensure a consistent supply of water for all.
    Residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Mór and Inis Meain are also being asked to conserve water, in order to maintain raw water levels in the reservoirs and prevent any supply shortages later in the summer.
    To help conserve water customers are also being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network.  Customers can report any public side leaks online at or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Leak detection crews have been working on the islands and efforts are being made to reduce the wastage of treated water through leaks. 

  • Demand for water right across Co Galway is increasing and as a result Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, will be imposing night time restrictions 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.

    Due to a major increase in demand, supply to Clarenbridge Water Tower is not sufficient to meet demand and 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.

    Water restrictions are also in place in Inis Oirr nightly from 11pm to 7am.

    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, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, and Ballinasloe to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

    Meanwhile Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the two at-risk schemes that have been identified are the Castlerea and Grangemore/Cavetown public water supplies. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.