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Water flows again


Anton McNulty

Irish Water have lifted recent water restrictions placed on some water supply schemes in the county but are asking people to continue to conserve water.
Restrictions were imposed on a number of schemes in Co Mayo in the wake of Storm Emma due to excessive demand placed on water supplies during the cold snap.
While the restrictions have been lifted, Irish Water said that usage across the county was still high and customers were urged to continue to conserve water.
“While there are no restrictions in place, usage is still very high across the county and customers are urged to conserve water and check for leaks on their own properties, in holiday homes and unoccupied premises.
“Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as we try to protect the levels of our reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households,” they stated.
The Lough Mask Water Supply Scheme which supplies water to 40,000 customers was operating at capacity last week while night-time restrictions were placed on the Louisburgh Water Supply Scheme.
Irish Water thanked the public for their co-operation and patience while restrictions were in place and also thanked Mayo County Council staff who ‘worked tirelessly on keeping treatment plants in production, fixing leaks, and monitoring demand during a very difficult period’.

MORE If a member of the public sees a leak on public property they are asked to report it to Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.

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