Overnight water restrictions in Barleymount and Caragh Lake area

23 June 2023

Kerry communities encouraged to conserve water.

Following a review of water levels, night-time water restrictions will be in place tonight in the Barleymount and Caragh Lake areas from 11 pm until 7 am until further notice. 

Areas impacted include Caragh Lake, Dooks, Aghadoe, Crohane, Barleymount, Ballyhar, Rockfield and parts of Fieries, Milltown and Listry. 

Water levels will be reviewed each morning and updates provided to the community as necessary. Despite recent rainfall, the continued high demand has not allowed for reservoirs to fully replenish. 

Speaking about conserving water, Uisce Éireann’s Regional Operations Lead Oliver Harney said: “The restrictions are necessary due to continued high demand for water in the area. The restrictions allow reservoir levels to recover overnight and maintain a consistent supply of drinking water for customers during the day. I would ask that everyone in Kerry continues to play their part in ensuring there is enough water for everyone as we go through the summer."

It is important that we all consider our water usage and look at simple yet impactful ways to conserve water. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, but even small changes can make a significant difference, for example, turning off the hose, avoiding power washing and checking for leaks on outdoor taps." 

Oliver continued: “For more simple ways to conserve water check out the Uisce Éireann website where our Conservation Calculator can help people work out how much water they are currently saving and how they can conserve even more. We are also encouraging the public to report any visible leaks on the public network via our website or by contacting 1800 278 278."

We 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.”