Essential works to safeguard the water supply in Ashbourne

15 November 2021

Irish Water is working in partnership with Meath County Council to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in Ashbourne. 

Essential works at Rath Reservoir are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 November between 9am and 5pm on both days. While works are underway, customers in Ashbourne and surrounding areas may experience temporary, intermittent low pressure and/or water outages. Typically it takes two to three hours following restoration time for normal supply to be fully restored to all areas but it is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing.

Irish Water is encouraging customers to conserve water while these essential works are underway. There are ways to conserve water that will not impact on hygiene or handwashing. Simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply such as not running taps needlessly, taking showers instead of baths and to postpone using dishwashers and washing machines where possible. There are lots more tips on how to conserve water in your home on the Conservation section of our website.

Speaking about the works, Michael Cunniffe, Irish Water said, “We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and working in partnership with Meath City Council we will make every effort to minimise any disruption that these necessary works may cause. The delivery of these essential works will help to safeguard the water supply to homes and businesses in the area ensuring a safer, more sustainable water supply.

Michael added: “We are appealing to customers to continue to conserve, especially while these works are underway, by not running taps needlessly, taking showers instead of baths and to postpone using dishwashers and washing machines where possible. Further information on water conservation is available here.

Irish Water and Meath County Council regret any inconvenience caused. The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Supply and Service Updates section our website. 

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.