Due to increased demand and current dry spell water levels have dropped in the Annagh Reservoir

Irish Water wishes to advise customers in Athlone and the surrounding areas that due to the increase in the demand for water as a result of the current dry spell, water levels have dropped in the Annagh Reservoir in Athlone. In order to allow levels to recover there are planned water outages from 8pm on Monday 11 June until 8am on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 which will impact customers in Athlone Town, Baylin, Mount Temple, The Ories, Garrycastle, Dublin Road, Ardnaglug, Fardrum, Moydrum, Blyry, Killyon Hill, Bonavalley, Athlone and surrounds in Co. Westmeath.

This night-time restriction is being put in place to ensure customers have a water supply to their homes and businesses during the daytime. This action is being taken to ensure that there is an adequate quantity of water available to supply industries, schools, residences and commercial activities during business hours.

Water supply will restore to customers as the network refills

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. We expect that supply will return to customers between 6 am and 8am. 

We are asking customers to conserve water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and reducing water levels in the Annagh Reservoir. 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 helps

Every small effort to save water will contribute to maintaining supplies and benefit your entire community by reducing the likelihood of water restrictions.

Report any leaks on the public network

To help conserve water, please report any leaks on the public network and repair any private side leaks in your homes or business to help restore water levels in the network. You can report any public side leaks via our Report a Leak form or by calling our customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278.

Tips to help you conserve water

  • 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 on how to conserve leaks in at home, visit our Be Water Smart page.

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