5 May 2017 Go back to News
Westmeath customers asked to conserve water
Irish Water is asking people living in Westmeath to continue conserve water usage for the foreseeable future due to the unseasonably dry weather conditions over recent weeks. Irish Water in partnership with Westmeath County Council are continuing to carry out repairs to leaks on the Mullingar Regional Water Supply public network which is helping to save water. To date this year 91 leaks have been repaired on the water distribution network in the areas supplied with drinking water from Lough Owel resulting in saving water in the public network. These savings will help to conserve water following a period of unseasonably dry weather conditions which have resulted in historically low water levels in Lough Owel for this time of year.
The dry weather conditions have resulted in lower than normal water levels in Lough Owel which is the source of drinking water for the Mountmellick Public Supply. Irish Water is asking people 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 is continuing to ask residents and businesses in Westmeath in Mullingar, Ballinacarrigy, Rathowen, Street, Lismacaffrey, Rathconrath, Killucan, Coralstown, Kinnegad, Milltownpass, Rochfortbridge, Tyrrellspass, Kilbeggan, Ballinagore, Gaybrook, Moate, Horseleap, Streamstown, Ballymore to conserve water for the foreseeable future and to report any leaks they see on the public network to help restore water levels in the network.
In the meantime, we would remind customers to conserve water where possible. Some helpful tips when conserving water are:
- Shower instead of using the bath,
- Check your toilet cistern is working,
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth,
- Check for leaks in your kitchen,
- Use a basin in the sink
- Where possible, use harvested rainwater for watering the garden
Visit our Be Water Smart section for more simple things you can do to save water.
Commenting on the work John Gavin, Regional Operations Lead with Irish Water for Westmeath said “We thank customers for their continuing cooperation to help conserve drinking water at this time. This has been the driest winter and spring for some time. Data from Met Éireann confirms that the rainfall at the Mullingar Weather Station is half of the normal amount for the winter and spring time of this. Water levels in Lough Owel continue to fall due to the reduced rainfall and are currently at a historically low level for the time of the year. The savings that are made now through repairing leaks on the public network and from customers conserving water will help to reduce the risk of water supply restrictions as the year progresses".
"So far this year Irish Water through our agents Westmeath County Council have fixed 91 leaks on the water distribution network in the areas supplied with drinking water from Lough Owel which is helping to save water in the network. Irish Water will continue to work with Westmeath County Council to proactively identify and fix leaks in the Mullingar Area in order to save more water. I ask the public to continue to assist Irish Water and our agents Westmeath County Council to conserve water, to report any leaks that the see in the water main distribution network and to reduce wastage in their properties. Any leaks can be reported to Irish Water by calling 1850 278278 or by filling out the short ‘report a leak’ form".