Enfield water supply update

15 September 2021

Irish Water, working in partnership with Meath County Council, continues to progress with upgrades to the water treatment infrastructure in Enfield as well as in other towns such as Ballivor, and Longwood.

Irish Water has recently completed essential disinfection upgrades to protect water quality at Enfield water treatment plant. Additional works were carried out on Monday 30 August, including the installation of a new pump to reduce the risk of water supply disruptions in the area. Commissioning works were carried out from 11pm last night, Tuesday 14 September to 5am this morning, Wednesday 16 September.

Works are continuing at Enfield water treatment plant to improve operational performance and resilience. In addition to the installation of new pumps, additional monitoring equipment and controls and new waste facilities are being installed. These upgrades are expected to be completed in early 2022. 

In addition, Irish Water in partnership with Meath County Council, is progressing with plans to construct treated drinking water reservoirs in Enfield. Storage solutions for Enfield have been approved and are in the early planning phase. Further updates will be provided as this project progresses through the relevant statutory processes.

Speaking about recent supply disruptions in Enfield, John Hand, Irish Water said, “Irish Water and Meath County Council understand the inconvenience recent supply disruptions have caused and we are continuing to work to minimise any further interruptions to service. Some of the disruptions have been unplanned, caused by mechanical issues at the plant or by automatic plant shut downs that serve to protect water quality. In these instances our crews work tirelessly to bring the plant back into full production as quickly and as safely as possible. Some disruptions to supply are planned, such as the one last night, when we shut the plant down between 11pm and 5am to facilitate essential commissioning works on the pumps.  We are continually monitoring the performance of the plant and the water network and we are carrying out additional works as required to safeguard the local supply. There may be further disruptions to supply over the coming weeks as we work to ensure continuity of supply to homes and businesses. We will endeavour to keep these disruptions to a minimum and we will continue to provide notice for any planned disruptions. Our priority is the provision of safe drinking water for the people of Enfield and we will continue to work with Meath County Council to resolve supply issues in the town and surrounding areas.” 

Customers who are experiencing issues with their water supply should report them directly to our customer contact centre. Our call centre operates 24/7 on 1800 278 278. Customers can also contact Irish Water on Twitter @IWCare.

Information regarding planned and unplanned outages is also available on the Supply and Service Updates section of our website.

Irish Water is continuing to work at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. We would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Previous Updates

Irish Water is working in partnership with Meath County Council to carry out works to restore water supply following a mechanical issue at the water treatment plant. Crews are working to restore supply as quickly and as safely as possible. While works are ongoing customers in Enfield are likely to experience temporary disruption to their supply such as low water pressure and water outages. Water supply is expected to return in the early evening.

Further planned works are scheduled to take place tonight as new pumps at the plant are being commissioned. In order to carry out these commissioning works there will be a planned shut-down of the water treatment plant from 11pm tonight until 5am tomorrow morning. The new pumps will reduce the risk of future supply disruptions.

Speaking about the supply disruptions in Enfield, John Hand, Irish Water said, “Irish Water and Meath County Council understand the inconvenience recent supply disruptions have caused. Crews are onsite again today working to resolve the issue and we are continuing to work to minimise any further disruptions. We continually monitor the performance of the water network and undertake additional works as required to safeguard the local supply.

Irish Water is working at this time, with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services.

Irish Water and Meath County Council regrets any inconvenience caused. Our customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please see the Supply and Service Updates section of our website.