3 June 2020 Go back to News
Night-time restrictions are required tonight to safeguard the water supply for customers supplied in Castlepollard and surrounding areas
Restrictions will be in place tonight from 10pm until 6am tomorrow morning
Irish Water and Westmeath County Council wish to advise customers in Coole, Castlepollard, Delvin, Clonmellon, Raharney and surrounding areas in Westmeath that essential overnight water restrictions are required to allow reservoirs to re-fill following high demand. The restrictions will be in place tonight, Wednesday 3 June from 10pm until 6am tomorrow morning.
These restrictions are necessary to allow reservoirs to refill so that daytime water supply can be maintained. We are asking customers in these areas to be mindful of how they use water. However it is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand washing.
While handwashing remains a priority, simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply. 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 Water Conservation page.
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.
Customer care helpline
Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please visit our Water Supply Updates map.
Tips to help you conserve
Water is precious, please use only what you need
- Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes
- Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water
- Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving
- Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
- Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills
- Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water
- Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety
For more information, visit our Water Conservation page.