Appeal for water conservation in Ashbourne and Ratoath

Uisce Éireann is working with Meath County Council to restore normal water supply to impacted customers in Ashbourne and Ratoath following a drop in in treated drinking water levels in the reservoirs supplying these areas.

In order to minimise the impact on customers, Uisce Éireann and Meath County Council have reconfigured the network in order to allow the reservoirs to refill. Customers may be impacted by lower than normal water pressure and in some instances, particularly on higher ground, may experience intermittent water outages. While handwashing remains a priority, Uisce Éireann is appealing to all customers to conserve water as the reservoirs refill.

Small changes can have lasting results. For example:

- Take a shorter shower and save up to 10 litres of water per minute       
- Fix dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home
- When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tap and save up to 6 litres of water per minute
- Save and reuse water collected from baths, showers, and hand basins in the garden
- Avoid using paddling pools
- In the garden use a rose head watering can instead of a hose and aim for the roots
- If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose
- Report any leaks to Uisce Éireann at 1800 278 278.

Donal Heaney, Uisce Éireann, said: “Uisce Éireann is appealing to all customers to conserve water as the reservoirs refill. While handwashing remains a priority, simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving can save up to 6 litres of water per minute. Taking a shower instead of a bath or using a watering can rather than a hose when gardening can also make a big difference in water use.”

Uisce Éireann has been carefully monitoring all of its raw water sources, that is the water from lakes, rivers, springs and ground sources that feed our water treatment plants. Night time restrictions and urgent appeals for conservation have been made in a number of locations across the country to ensure a consistent day time supply for all. While the public are being asked to conserve, there are currently no plans to implement a Water Conservation Order.

Donal continued: “In Uisce Éireann, we are continually working with our local authority partners to look at what we call the supply/demand balance. This means that we need to ensure that we can supply more treated drinking water than is required for use. We can manage this by conserving water; losing less by repairing leaks; and supplying smarter by ensuring that all of our plants are working optimally.

“We can all work together to protect our supplies and safeguard our water for essential usage.”

With the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the public are reminded to adhere to public health and HSE advice, and handwashing and hygiene remain critically important.

Uisce Éireann continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. For more tips on how to conserve water in your home please visit our Conservation section.

Uisce Éireann and Meath County Council regret any inconvenience caused. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 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.

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