Irish Water has warned that there may be short-term water outages in in parts of the county in the coming days due to essential upgrade works at Portloman Water Treatment. The works got under way yesterday and will continue until 12am on Saturday.
Householders in Mullingar, Knockfrin, Killucan, Kinnegad, Milltownpass, Rochfortbridge, Tyrrellspass, Kilbeggan, Castletown Geoghegan, Moate, Ballymore, Ballinacarrigy, Ballinalack, Rathowen and surrounding areas may be impacted by low pressure and/or outages during this time.
Irish Water said the risk of outages are low and where they may occur, will be more localised than the list of areas and the dates and times suggest.
Crews will make every effort to minimise the disruption. Following restoration of supply, the water supply may take two to three hours to return as water refills the network. Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communications for planned and unplanned outages lasting more than four hours.
“We expect to have our clearwater tanks full, enabling the reservoirs to be replenished, as soon as possible, once the plant comes back into service to minimise any foreseen water outages for the local community,” said John Gavin, regional asset operations lead with Irish Water.
“Irish Water understands that any outages can be inconvenient and working in partnership with our contractors, we will make every effort to minimise the disruption. These works are being carefully planned to reduce the risk of disruptions to water supply to customers, but there is a small chance that some areas may have temporary supply issues for a short time over the period of the notice.”
Irish Water keeps customers informed about their water and wastewater supplies across multiple platforms and encourages customers to engage with it on Twitter @IWCare, through its customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278, and by setting their location on www.water.ie