Overnight water restrictions in the Breanlee, Barleymount, Knockavota, Milltown and Aghadoe

10 August 2022

Restriction due to low levels in the key reservoirs on parts of the wider Breanlee, Mid-Kerry, and Milltown Water Supply Schemes

Due to low levels in the key reservoirs on parts of the wider Breanlee, Mid-Kerry, and Milltown Water Supply Schemes, night time restrictions will be implemented for reservoirs feeding Breanlee, Barleymount, Knockavota, Milltown, Aghadoe and some surrounding areas in an attempt to restore reservoir levels and maintain daily water supply to customers. Killorglin town centre will not be affected, although some outlying areas might be.

The restrictions on these schemes are required to give the reservoirs time to replenish and are necessary during this off-peak time, as there is a possibility that there could be insufficient water supply to homes and businesses during daytime hours without some measures being put in place.

The restrictions will be implemented from 11pm tonight, 10 August until 7am tomorrow, 11 August. They may need to be continued over the coming nights as the system comes under more pressure due to the current warm spell and increased demand.

The vast majority of Irish Water’s 750 water treatment plants continue to meet the demand for water supply. Irish Water would like to thank members of the public for their responsible use of water and is asking everybody to continue to take some simple steps to conserve water to ensure supplies are healthy into late Summer and Autumn.

Irish Water and Kerry County Council are closely monitoring water levels in a number of areas in the county and taking remedial measures to maintain normal supplies, however, the public is still being asked to assist by taking some simple steps to reduce their water use.

Oliver Harney of Irish Water, said, “Irish Water understands the inconvenience of these restrictions on the people in Breanlee, Barleymount, Knockavota, Milltown, and Aghadoe areas, but it is necessary to maintain reservoir levels and ensure a sufficient water supply to homes and businesses during normal working hours.”

Oliver added, “We would ask the public to continue to conserve water over the coming days. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, but even small changes can make a significant difference – and we can all play our part. By reducing the water used, for example turning off the hose and avoiding power washing, we can all help ensure there is enough water for everyone as we go through the rest of the Summer.

To assist consumers in learning more about saving water Irish Water have developed an easy-to-use conservation calculator to work out how much water they are currently saving and how they can conserve even more. The free calculator is where you can also find lots of useful water saving tips. 

There are a number of easy steps to reduce 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 consider reusing the water for the garden or cleaning the car.
  • Report any visible leaks on the public network to Irish Water or call 1800 278 278. 
  • Where householders experience very low flow or pressure, lower than neighbouring properties, they may have a service pipe leak. Irish Water’s First-Fix-Free Scheme can help with the location and repair of external leaks.