28 May 2020 Go back to News
Aran Islands water reserves at very low levels
Property owners urged to turn off water to unused premises and check for leaks
Drinking water reserves on the Aran Islands are at a very low level due to the ongoing drought conditions and because of this Irish Water and Galway County Council will be maintaining the night time restrictions on water supply on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr for the coming weeks. These restrictions are necessary to ensure a continuous daily water supply is available for residents and businesses on both islands. Restrictions will also commence on Inis Meain next Monday, 1 June 2020 from 9pm to 9am daily.
While business owners and residents on the islands are being urged to conserve water wherever possible, it is important that everyone adheres to the HSE’s Covid-19 advice about regular handwashing. The attic storage in any house supplies the hot water system and bathroom cold water system and this is sufficient to keep a 24 hour supply for personal hygiene and hand washing. The current supply restriction allows for attic storage to be replenished in all properties on a daily basis.
Restrictions in Inis Mór and Inis Oirr
Explaining further Irish Water’s concerns Tim O’Connor said “The long range weather forecast indicates very little rain in the coming four weeks and because of this the restrictions that are currently in place on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr from 5pm until 10am daily are essential and will be maintained for the coming weeks. We are particularly concerned about levels on Inis Mór at this time. Inis Meain restrictions will come into effect from Monday.
“As the island water sources are almost exclusively reliant on the collection of rainfall, the situation is being monitored on a daily basis, and we are not in a position to ease the current restrictions for a number of weeks at least.
“Irish Water and Galway County Council recognise the difficulties this brings, but in the current drought situation we have to keep the current restrictions at the very least in order to try to avoid a more serious situation and more stringent restrictions at a later stage.”
Property owners urged to turn off water
In order to try to maintain the current supply and possibly improve the situation, owners of vacant and unused properties are being urged to turn off water to the property and to check for leaks around the building, especially around toilet cisterns.
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 six litres of water per minute. Taking a shower instead of a bath or using a watering car rather than a hose when gardening can also make a big difference in water use. We are also reminding people with responsibility for properties that are currently unoccupied to check for leaks and turn off water where it is not required. There are lots more tips on how to conserve water in your home on our Conservation page.
Irish Water is working 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.
Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to thank customers for their efforts as work continues to ensure to ensure continuity of water supply for all.
For further information please visit our Supply and Service section. The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 and customers can call us on 1850 278 278 and contact us on Twitter @IWCare.