€180,000 worth of drinking water tankered to island in summer

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, would like to inform customers on Inis Oirr that water restrictions which were in place throughout the summer will be lifted from Friday, September 22.

Recent heavy rainfall and a reduction in demand has led to a restocking of the water supply on the island.

During the months of June, July and August Irish Water tankered 80 boat loads of water to the island to keep up with demand. This equated to 104 cubic metres of water per boat at a cost of approximately €180,000 to the utility.

Nightly water restrictions were also in place on Inis Mór earlier in the summer from May 15 to June 16 to ensure water supplies were maintained at a consistent level.

Meanwhile customers on Inis Meáin were asked to conserve water throughout the summer but there was no necessity to impose restrictions on this island.

Irish Water’s Operations Water lead for Galway City and County, Ger Greally, commented “Water supply levels on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr were at critically low levels during the summer which necessitated these night time restrictions. Thankfully recent rain and a reduction in demand has enabled us to lift the restrictions which remained in place on Inis Oirr.

We would ask customers to always be mindful of their water consumption habits and to check your home for leaks, turn off taps while brushing teeth, shower rather than bathe, ensure washing machines and dishwashers are fully loaded before use and to generally ensure water, which is a scare commodity and expensive to treat, is conserved.”

Working in partnership with Galway County Council, Irish Water continues to ask people supplied by public water schemes to conserve water as much as possible and to report any leaks they see on the public network by calling our customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.  

Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to thank the public for their co-operation and patience throughout the summer on all three of the Aran Islands. 

For tips and advice on how to conserve water at home, please visit our Be Water Smart  section. If you are a business owner, visit our Water Conservation for Businesses to find out how you can save on bills while easing demand on your local water supply.


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