13 September 2019 Go back to News
Night time water restrictions required in Athlone from 10pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday to safeguard water supply
Over night restriction on Sunday from 10pm to 6am
Irish Water and Westmeath County Council wish to advise customers in Athlone and the surrounding areas that an overnight water restrictions for parts of the town are necessary in order to facilitate essential maintenance works at the Athlone Water Treatment Plant. The overnight restrictions are required to enable the recovery of levels in the reservoir and to safeguard the water supply available to supply industries, schools, residences and commercial activities during business hours.
What areas will be impacted
The restrictions will be in place from 10pm on Sunday, 15 September until 6am Monday, 16 September. These restrictions may impact customers in Athlone Town, Baylin, Mount Temple, The Ories, Garrycastle, Dublin Road, Ard Na Glug, Fardrum, Moydrum, Killyon Hill, Bonavalley, Sarsfield Square, Retreat and surrounding areas in Co. Westmeath.
The water supply will be restored to customers as the network refills. It can take a number of hours for water to restore to customers on higher ground or at the end of the network once the water supply is turned back on.
John Gavin, Irish Water Engineer, speaking about the restrictions said “These restrictions are being imposed in order to allow the water levels in Annagh Reservoir to recover prior to essential maintenance in the Athlone Water Treatment. Simple water conservation efforts can have a significant impact on driving down demand on the supply. We are asking customers to conserve water through actions such as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving which can save up to 6 litres of water per minute. Keeping a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap can save 10 litres of water per day. In the garden, we’re asking people to recycle water, such as water used in food preparation or washing up, for watering flowers and lawns."
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 see visit out 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.