Water treatment plants struggling to keep up with supply demands

Irish Water is advising customers in Co. Cork that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, some water treatment plants in the county are struggling to keep up with supply demands. 

Customers asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying

Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

In Mallow, due to a power outage at the water treatment plant, production of water ceased and water levels in the reservoir dropped significantly leading to loss of supply/pressure for some customers. Arrangements are being put in place to redirect supplies from other areas and restore power at the plant once it is safe for crews to attend the site.

Separately, a number of customers in the Charleville area have had supply disruptions due to low water levels at the Kilaree reservoir. 

Low pressure/loss of supply

Some areas in West Cork are also experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply including Allihies, Coolineagh and parts of Baltimore. 

A number of burst pipes have been reported in the Cobh area and we will be dispatching crews to carry out repairs when it is safe to do so.

Customers throughout the county are urged to conserve water by not running taps unnecessarily, taking showers instead of baths and to refrain from using dishwashers and washing machines.

Irish Water working in partnership with Cork County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as it is safe to do so once the current red alert has been lifted.

More information

We will issue more updates when further information is available. Updates will also be posted to the Supply and Service section.


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