People urged to continue to conserve water over the coming days to allow reservoirs to refill

Water supply has begun to return to all areas of East Meath affected by outages in recent days but some outlying areas may take longer to get normal supply back as reservoirs refill.

Customers throughout Louth and Meath asked to continue to conserve water

It is important that customers throughout Louth and Meath continue to conserve water as much as possible over the coming days to allow water levels throughout the network to return to normal. High demand for water due to the hot weather, allied with issues associated with last week’s burst pipe at the Staleen Water Treatment Plant means that water levels throughout the network remain lower than normal. Water conservation tips can be found on our Be Water Smart page.

Supply restored from Cairns reservoir last night

Supply was restored from the Cairns reservoir last night and communities served by this reservoir, including Ardcath, Clonalvey and surrounding areas should see their water returning over the morning and afternoon.

Supply is also back to Duleek, Donore, Ashbourne and Ratoath. However, it may take longer for customers in higher or more outlying areas to get a normal supply back and there may be intermittent outages and/or reductions in pressure over the course of the coming days.

How to check for and clear internal airlocks

As water returns there is also a possibility that some customers may have airlocks in their internal plumbing. For more advice, visit our page on How to check for and clear internal airlocks.

A number of alternative water supplies are available in these areas and will remain in place until full supply has been restored. Supplies of bottled water have also been distributed to local schools and vulnerable customers. View our Alternative Water Supply Map for current water tanker locations.

Irish Water would like to thank customers throughout Meath and Louth for their patience over recent days as we worked to restore supplies and apologise the inconvenience caused as a result of this incident.

Water Supply Updates

Customers can contact us 24/7 on our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278 or on Twitter @IWCare. For updates, visit our Water Supply Updates section. 

Alternative water station locations:


  • Industrial Estate
  • O’Neill’s Pub


  • Opposite Daly’s Pub


  • St Patrick’s NS


  • St Finian’s NS


  • Scoil Naomh Padraig on Cockhill Road
  • Elvana Housing Estate


  • Nursing Home Town Centre
  • Donnelly’s Hardware
  • The Venue Theatre
  • SuperValu Carpark
  • Mill Tree Park Housing Estate
  • Fox Lodge Housing Estate


  • Racehill
  • Brindley Park

Bottled water and empty containers to collect water from tankers are available at water stations. We would remind customers if they are bringing containers to ensure they are clean, and as a precautionary measure to boil water taken from these stations before use.

Louth, Meath

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