Night-time restrictions introduced in parts of Galway to ensure continuity of daily supply
07 June 2023
Uisce Éireann and Galway County Council are appealing to customers to conserve water as essential overnight water restrictions start tonight to help manage supply. Continued high demand for water has resulted in significant reduction in water pressure and intermittent outages to some customers with restrictions required to manage the supply.
To help manage water supply, the restrictions will be in place nightly starting Wednesday, 7 June from 11 pm until 7 am and will remain in place for the coming days. The areas impacted include Tully, Letterfrack, Carna Kilkieran, Carraroe, Inis Oirr, Rosmuc, Ballinalsoe, Mid Galway and surrounding areas. It can take two to three hours following low pressure for normal supply to be fully restored to all areas as water refills the network.
Water demand will continue to be monitored and further restrictions may be required. Further updates will be issued.
Communities across Galway are urged to be mindful of their water usage as increased domestic and commercial demand is being exacerbated by warm weather conditions.
Speaking about the need for night-time restrictions and conserving water, Uisce Éireann’s Regional Asset Operations Lead, Eoin Hughes said: “We are appealing to communities across Galway to conserve water in order to give the reservoirs time to replenish. We have had a very dry period and with the warmer weather currently being experienced and more forecasted, supplies will come under further pressure. Any reduction that customers can make in their usage can collectively result in significant supply improvements for all customers. I would ask that everyone in Galway play their part to help conserve water this summer.”
Eoin added: “While we enjoy the sunshine, it is important that we all consider our water usage and look at simple yet impactful ways to conserve water, even small changes can make a significant difference. By turning off the hose and avoiding power washing we can all help ensure there is enough water for everyone as we go through the summer.”
For more simple ways to conserve water check out the Uisce Éireann website where our conservation calculator (www.water.ie/calculator) can help people work out how much water they are currently saving and how they can conserve even more.
Uisce Éireann will continue to monitor the levels at all our supplies over the coming weeks and months and take any actions that may be necessary to maintain supplies, including communicating about localised issues as they arise.
Members of the public can report any leaks in the public water network by contacting Uisce Éireann 24/7 at 1800 278 278 or on water.ie.
Uisce Éireann are asking the public to help play their part in protecting essential water supplies for their local communities.
There are a number of easy steps people can take to reduce their water usage during the hot weather, including:
- Avoid power washing and keep the garden hose in the shed
- Check for leaks on outdoor taps or troughs as these can lead to large losses of treated water
- Remember that paddling pools and swimming pools can use huge volumes of water so try to minimise the amount of water used and consider reusing the water for the garden or cleaning the car.
Report any visible leaks on the public network to Uisce Éireann.