Water supplies remain under pressure due to extended dry spell

Due to the extended period of dry weather over recent months, water levels throughout County Limerick have continued to fall. Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council are monitoring flows and water levels throughout the county to maintain supplies of treated water continues and to minimise the impact on communities and businesses.

Areas where water supplies are under pressure at this time include Hospital, Oola, Pallasgreen, Doon, Murroe and Knocklong in the Eastern part of the county and Glin and Castlemahon in West Limerick. We are also monitoring water levels in the Deel and the Feale which have been dropping. Areas supplied by these rivers and their tributaries include Newcastlewest, Abbeyfeale and Askeaton. We are asking all customers supplied in these areas in particular to continue to make every possible effort to conserve water.

Households and businesses asked to continue to conserve water

As a result of this unprecedented dry spell, there remains a significant risk to many public water supplies in Limerick as we go on into Autumn. The medium-term forecast confirms there will be very little rain in the coming weeks. For this reason it is essential that households and businesses throughout Limerick do everything they can to conserve water and reduce demand as much as possible.

Increased frequency of water supply interruptions

Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council have deployed hydrogeologists across the county to explore possible new water sources and improve the operation of existing sources. Wherever possible, new sources will be developed over the coming weeks and months. There may be an increased frequency of water supply interruptions, as we bring new sources online. Similarly, water supply interruptions may increase due to the unprecedented ground conditions, causing ground shrinkage and an increased frequency of pipe bursts. 

In recent weeks, Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council have successfully found a new ground water source for Hospital and are working to test the water quality from this source before bringing it online.

Glin customers notified of planned water interruption

In Glin, customers will be notified ahead of a planned water interruption once a new source for the area is ready to be commissioned and brought online.

Please continue to report all leaks on the public network

Any measures taken to reduce consumption, no matter how small, will help in terms of replenishing water supplies. Simple steps like taking a short shower instead of a bath, turning off taps and fixing leaks in outside taps all help to make a difference. We are also reminding people to report any leaks they see in the public network by calling 1850 278 278. You can also report a leak using our online form.

Water Conservation Advice

For more information on how to conserve water at home, in the garden, on the farm, or at work, visit our Water Conservation page.


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