Reduced water levels in the Annagh Reservoir

Irish Water is asking residents and businesses in Athlone Town, Glasson, Baylin, Mount Temple and the Ories in Westmeath to conserve water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and reducing water levels in the Annagh Reservoir. The current dry spell and increased seasonal demand are contributing to the reduced available supply of treated drinking water. 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.

Report any leaks

To help conserve water customers are being asked to report any leaks seen on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network. You can report any public side leaks online using our Report a Leak form or by calling our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1850 278 278.

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

Commenting on the need to conserve water, John Gavin, Regional Operations Lead for Westmeath said “We thank customers for their cooperation to help conserve water at this time. The savings that are made now through repairing leaks on the public network, and from customers conserving water by following our water conservation tips including repairing leaks in their homes and businesses, turning taps off and not letting them run and taking showers over baths will help to maintain water levels the Annagh Reservoir and reduce the likelihood of further water restrictions over the summer months.”

Water conservation tips

For more information on how to conserve leaks in at home, visit our Be Water Smart page. For information on how to conserve water for businesses, visit our business section.


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