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Irish Water to turn off supply in parts of Westmeath tonight and tomorrow

Story by Olga Aughey

Friday, 20th October, 2017 4:53pm

Irish Water to turn off supply in parts of Westmeath tonight and tomorrow

Customers in Castlepollard, Delvin, Fore, Coole, Raharney, Clonmellon and Ballinlough, will have their water supply turned off tonight and Saturday night in order to restore water levels in Ballany reservoirs.

The shut-offs will take place on Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21, between the hours of 9pm to 7am, following Storm Ophelia.

In a statement just in, Irish Water say it is necessary to shut off the water supply to allow resevoir levels replenish.
 
"As a result of Storm Ophelia, the water levels in the Ballany high and low reservoirs are very low following the disruption to water production at the Ballany Water Treatment Plant earlier this week.

"To enable the water levels in the reservoirs to replenish, Irish Water and Westmeath County Council have confirmed that temporary night time shut offs will be in placed on Friday, 20 and Saturday, 21 October from 9pm to 7am.

"It is necessary to shut off the water supply to allow the levels in the reservoirs to rise and to avoid further disruption to customers.

"The water supply from the main reservoirs to Castlepollard, Delvin, Fore, Coole, Raharney, Clonmellon and Ballinlough will be shut off.  Customers in these areas may experience low water pressure or a loss of water during the shut off period.

"Until the water levels in the reservoirs has been restored to normal levels we are asking customers on the public water network in these areas to conserve water as much as possible.
 

"We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience while the shut off measures are in place. Customers can contact our customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 or visit www.water.ie for further information," said Irish Water. 
 
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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