Irish Water and Mayo County Council are asking customers in Achill to conserve water as the influx of visitors to the area is resulting in drinking water demand outstripping plant production.

All customers and visitors to the area are asked to conserve water where possible to avoid water shortages.

Customers should have up to 24 hours’ storage of treated water in their attics and they are urged to continue to follow the HSE Covid-19 guidance on hand-washing.

Irish Water is aware that certain areas experiencing low water pressure and intermittent water outages.

In the event that the level of water consumption does not decrease, some areas may suffer from prolonged water shortages, meaning water would have to be brought in by tanker.

Irish Water Operations Lead for Mayo, Ger Greally said:

“Unfortunately due to the recent influx of visitors to Achill, the amount of drinking water being used on the island is greater than the volume of water which can be produced at the plant at Acorymore.”

“We are working hard to ensure there is water available for all customers across the island but this is proving more difficult to sustain.”

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