Communities across Westmeath urged to conserve water
02 June 2023
Due to the current high demand for water as a result of the current warm spell, Uisce Éireann is urging communities across Westmeath to conserve water to protect supply and reduce the risk of outages.
High usage can lead to pressure reductions which can impact the supply to customers. Supplies across the county are vulnerable to high demand during the summer time.
Speaking about conserving water, Uisce Éireann’s Regional Asset Operations Lead, John Gavin said: “We are appealing to customers to conserve water to give the treated water reservoirs time to replenish. We have had a very dry period, resulting in increased water demand and with the warmer weather currently being experienced and more forecasted, supplies will come under further pressure. Any reduction that customers can make in their usage can collectively result in significant supply improvements for all customers. I would ask that everyone in Westmeath play their part to help conserve water this summer".
“While we enjoy the sunshine it is important that we all consider our water usage and look at simple yet impactful ways to conserve water. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, but even small changes can make a significant difference. By turning off the hose and avoiding power washing we can all help ensure there is enough water for everyone as we go through the summer.”
For more simple ways to conserve water check out the Uisce Éireann website where our Conservation Calculator can help people work out how much water they are currently saving and how they can conserve even more.
Uisce Éireann will continue to monitor the levels at all our supplies over the coming weeks and months and take any actions that may be necessary to maintain supplies, including communicating about localised issues as they arise.
Members of the public can report any leaks in the public water network by contacting Uisce Éireann 24/7 at 1800 278 278 or on water.ie.
Uisce Éireann are asking the public to help play their part in protecting essential water supplies for their local communities.
There are a number of easy steps people can take to reduce their water usage during the hot weather, including:
- Avoid power washing and keep the garden hose in the shed
- Check for leaks on outdoor taps or troughs as these can lead to large losses of treated water
- Remember that paddling pools and swimming pools can use huge volumes of water so try to minimise the amount of water used and consider reusing the water for the garden or cleaning the car.
- Report any visible leaks on the public network to Uisce Éireann at www.water.ie.