An appeal to customers to conserve water on Inis Oírr

03 May 2021

Information below is relevant until further updates are provided here or on our Supply and Service Updates section.

Irish Water and Galway County Council are appealing to customers on Inis Oírr to conserve water in whatever way is possible as essential overnight water restrictions are being introduced due to a drop in reservoir levels on the island. The restrictions will be in place nightly from 11pm until 7am starting Monday, May 3 2021.

Tim O’Connor, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead for Galway is mindful of the impact that these restrictions can have on customers but stresses their importance: “These restrictions are necessary to ensure a continuous daily water supply is available for residents and businesses on Inis Oirr. The timing of these restrictions will mean minimal disruption to customers on the island."

We are asking customers to be mindful of how they use water. However it is important to continue to follow the HSE COVID-19 guidance on hand washing."

While handwashing remains a priority, simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving can save up to 6 litres of water per minute. Taking a shower instead of a bath or using a watering can” rather than a hose when gardening can also make a big difference in water use. 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. There are lots more tips on how to conserve water in your home on our website at https://www.water.ie/conservation/"

Irish Water is working at this time, with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services.

Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to thank customers for their efforts as work continues to ensure continuity of water supply for all. For further information please visit our supply and service section on our website. The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 and customers can call us on 1850 278 278 and contact us on Twitter @IWCare.