2 July 2019 Go back to News
Water restrictions required tonight in Athlone
Restrictions needed to allow water levels to continue to recover
Irish Water and Westmeath County Council wish to advise customers in Athlone and the surrounding areas that an overnight water restriction for parts of the town is necessary in order to ensure water levels in the Annagh reservoir recover following a period of high demand over the weekend. The overnight restriction is required to enable the recovery of levels in the reservoir and to safeguard the water supply available to supply industries, schools, residences and commercial activities during business hours.
From 10pm tonight until 6am tomorrow, Wednesday 3 July
The restriction will be in place from 10pm tonight, Tuesday 2 July until 6am tomorrow, Wednesday 3 July, and will impact customers on the east side of Athlone town. The areas impacted include Bonnavalley, Creggan, Garrycastle, Blyry, Fardrum, Baylis, Annagh, Mount Temple and Ories. The water supply will be restored 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.
John Gavin, Irish Water Engineer
“These restrictions are going on as a result of high demand over the weekend. Simple water conservation efforts can have a significant impact on driving down demand on the supply. We are asking customers to conserve water through actions such as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving which can save up to 6 litres of water per minute. Keeping a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the cold tap can save 10 litres of water per day. In the garden, we’re asking people to recycle water, such as water used in food preparation or washing up, for watering flowers and lawns. For more tips on how to reduce your water usage log onto https://www.water.ie/conservation/”
Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please see the Water Supply and Services section of our website.