21 July 2017 Go back to News
Customers in Drogheda and East Meath to conserve water due to a burst watermain
Irish Water is asking customers in Drogheda and East Meath in the following areas: Drogheda Town and surrounding areas, Rosehall, Clogherhead, Termonfeckin, Ashbourne, Ratoath, Curragha, Duleek, Donore, Bettystown, Laytown, Mornington, Julianstown, Gormanstown, Ardcath, Stamullen, Skyrne and surrounding areas to conserve their water supply until further notice due to a burst on a large watermain. The burst occurred on a main that brings water to the Staleen Water Treatment Plant. Crews are on site repairing the burst since early this morning.
Customers in the affected areas may experience some disruption and or pressure reduction to their water supply. Irish Water apologises to customers for any inconvenience caused and thanks them for their patience while crews work to repair the burst. As soon as the burst is repaired and storage levels return to normal in the reservoir we will advise customers that they can return to normal use of their water supply. Customers can contact our customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278 or visit our service and supply section for further updates.
Irish Water’s Top Tips for Conserving 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 (such as a brick) 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.