Homes, farms and businesses in Longford asked to check for leaks and conserve water as the recent cold spell has led to a surge in demand for water

19 January 2021

Irish Water and Longford County Council are asking homes, farms and businesses to check for leaks and to conserve water where possible whilst adhering to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding Covid-19. We are asking people to do this in order to reduce overall demand for drinking water. There has been a steady increase in demand over the Christmas period and following the recent cold spell that saw sub-zero temperatures over a number of days.

Following freezing temperatures and the subsequent thaw the public water network has experienced a higher than normal volume of bursts. Irish Water in partnership with Longford County Council are working to repair these bursts as quickly as possible in line with Covid-19 protocols in order to ensure continuity of supply. While these essential repairs are underway we are asking customers to check for leaks, be mindful of their water use and to only use what they need.

Speaking about the current water supply situation, Michael Cunniffe, Irish Water, said: “Irish Water working with Longford County Council are currently addressing bursts across the network but we are also appealing to homes, businesses and those responsible for unoccupied buildings to check for leaks whilst adhering to current public health regulations and advice, and to turn off water where it’s not needed. We ask that they check outside pipes in particular that can become frozen and burst during periods of cold weather and report leaks they see on the public network to us. We are also asking the public to conserve water where possible and to only use what they need whilst continuing to adhere to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding COVID-19. We have seen demand creeping up in recent weeks, spiking over the past few days. Safe, clean, treated water is not in unlimited supply and we all have to play a part in conserving it for essential use.

Simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply such as taking showers over baths and fixing dripping taps where it is possible to do so. We are also reminding people with responsibility for properties that are currently unoccupied to check for leaks and turn off water where it is not required whilst adhering to public health regulations and advice. We are also asking farmers to check drinkers in farmyards and on lands for leaks. There are lots more tips on how to conserve water in your home, business or school on the Water Conservation section of our website.

Irish Water continues to work at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services and would like to remind the public to continue to follow public health advice on handwashing and hygiene during the global health pandemic.

To report a leak please contact us on 1800 278 278.