Reservoir levels reach critical point

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, has issued a water conservation notice on the Williamstown water supply.

Irish Water is urging customers on the Williamstown supply to conserve water every way possible as the reservoir levels reach a critical point. Demand is currently very high on the scheme and customers are advised they may experience low pressure while demand continues to outstrip supply.

Leak detection is currently being carried out in the area but early indicators show that the increase in demand is due to seasonal agriculture activity in the area. Irish Water is not imposing water restrictions at this time but is urging customers to conserve water to ensure a continuous and consistent supply for everyone.

Irish Water is asking customers in the Williamstown area 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. 

With demand on water supplies expected to increase significantly over the summer months, Irish Water is urging the public to help conserve water and reduce loss of water in the network due to leakage.

Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation. Updates will be issued on the water storage levels at the reservoir and customers will be advised when they can return to normal usage.

Irish Water’s Top Tips for Conserving Water:

  • Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes.
  • Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water.
  • Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving.
  • Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
  • Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills.
  • Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water.
  • Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety.

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