Daytime and overnight restrictions on Tuesday 17 September

Irish Water and Westmeath County Council wish to advise customers in Athlone and the surrounding areas that overnight water restrictions for parts of the town are necessary in order to facilitate essential maintenance works at the Athlone Water Treatment Plant. These restrictions are required to enable the recovery of levels in the Batteries Reservoir. The hours of the restrictions have been timed to limit the impact on customers while working within the limitations of the quantity of water that can be stored.

What areas may be impacted?

The restrictions will be in place between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday September 17 and from 10pm on Tuesday night until 6am on Wednesday, September 18. These restrictions may impact customers on the Westside of Athlone Town, including customers in Connaught Street, Pearse Street, The Batteries, Magazine Road, Baylough Roscommon Road, Iona Park and Deerpark Road.

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.

Restrictions necessary to facilitate essential maintenance works

John Gavin, Irish Water Engineer, speaking about the restrictions said “These restrictions are necessary to facilitate essential maintenance works at the Athlone Water Treatment Plant, and to allow The Batteries Reservoir supplying the west side of Athlone to refill following disruption to water production. 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.”

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 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.


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