30 May 2018 Go back to News
Ballinasloe residents and businesses asked to conserve water due to sharp increase in demand on water supply
Demand on the scheme has increased by over 40 per cent in recent days
Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is appealing to customers on the Ballinasloe Regional Water Supply Scheme, specifically in the villages of Laurencetown, Eyrecourt, Meelick, Clonfert, Kiltormer, Cloontuskert and surrounding areas, to conserve water for the foreseeable future. This is due to increased demand on the scheme by over 40 per cent in recent days.
Please conserve water where possible
In an effort to minimise potential interruptions, customers are being asked to conserve water by refraining from watering gardens, washing cars, using power hoses and minimising their use generally. Every small effort to save water will contribute to maintaining supplies and benefit your entire community by reducing the likelihood of water restrictions. Farmers are requested to turn off water supply to fields that are not in use and to conserve water in general.
Report a leak
To help conserve water, please report any leaks on the public network and repair any private side leaks in your homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network. You can report any public side leaks via our Report a Leak form or by calling our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1850 278 278.
Restrictions and shut-offs of water supplies will become necessary if demand does not reduce, as demand is outstripping supply capacity and water levels in Sheepwalk and Redmount Hill Reservoirs are dropping.
Thank you for your co-operation
Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to thank customers in advance for your co-operation. Updates will be issued on the water storage levels at the reservoirs and consumers will be advised when they can return to normal usage.
Tips to help you conserve water
- Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes
- Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water
- Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving
- Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
- Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills
- Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water
- Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety