Possible short term water supply outages to safeguard the water supply for customers in Mullingar

12 August 2022

Information below is relevant until further updates are provided here or on our Supply and Service Updates section.

Irish Water in partnership with Westmeath County Council wishes to advise customers of possible short-term water outages for Mullingar, Kinnegad, Milltownpass, Rochfortbridge, Tyrrellspass, Kilbeggan, Castletown Geoghegan, Moate, Ballymore, Ballinacarrigy, Ballinalack, Rathowen and surrounding areas, from 10am on Tuesday, 16 August, due to upgrade works at Portloman Water Treatment Plant. The anticipated outages from the Portloman Water Treatment Plant in Mullingar should last approximately four hours. Located at Lough Owel, northwest of Mullingar, the plant supplies the town and surrounding areas with drinking water.

Crews will make every effort to minimise the disruption to impacted customers and vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communications from us for planned and unplanned outages lasting more than four hours.

Speaking about the possible outage, John Gavin, Regional Asset Operations Lead with Irish Water said: “We expect to have our clearwater tanks full, enabling the reservoirs to be replenished, as soon as possible, once the plant comes back into service to minimise any foreseen water outages for the local community.

John added, “Irish Water understands that any outages can be inconvenient and working in partnership with our contractors, we will make every effort to minimise the disruption.” 

During the anticipated outage customers in Mullingar Kinnegad, Milltownpass, Rochfortbridge, Tyrrellspass, Kilbeggan, Castletown Geoghegan, Moate, Ballymore, Ballinacarrigy, Ballinalack, Rathowen and the surrounding areas may be impacted by reduced water pressure and water outages. Following restoration, the water supply may take two-three hours to return as water refills the network.

Irish Water keeps customers informed about their water and wastewater supplies across multiple platforms 24/7 and we encourage customers to engage with us on Twitter @IWCare and through our customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and by setting their location on the Irish Water website.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support growth in our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

For updates visit the Supply and Service Updates section of our website.