We wish to advise customers in Kinnegad, Killucan, Rathwire, Raharney and surrounding areas in Co. Westmeath that to allow treated water levels in Knockdrin, Killucan and Kinnegad Service Reservoirs to refill, it is necessary for Irish Water to impose a planned water outage in Kinnegad, Killucan, Rathwire, Raharney and surrounding areas in Co. Westmeath from 10pm Thursday, 28th June to 6am on Friday, 29th June 2018 and between 10pm Friday, 29th June to 6am on Saturday, 30th June 2018.

The water supply will restore to customers as the network refills. It can take a number of hours for the water to restore to customers on higher ground or at the end of the network once the water supply is turned back on.  

Please conserve water

We are asking customers to conserve water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand. The current dry spell and increased seasonal demand are contributing to the reduced available supply of treated drinking water. In an effort to minimise potential interruptions, customers are being asked to conserve water by refraining from watering gardens, washing cars, using power hoses and minimising their use generally.
Every small effort to save water will contribute to maintaining supplies and benefit your entire community by reducing the likelihood of water restrictions.

To help conserve water customers are being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network. Customers can report any public side leaks online at www.water.ie or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. 

Irish Water has a number of tips to help customers conserve water including:

  • 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 

Water conservation tips

For more advice on how to conserve water, please visit our Be Water Smart page.

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