Leitrim County Council is asking anyone who may have taps running to try and prevent freezing in houses or farms to turn them off as there is major supply issues being reported in the county.
The local authority has updated customers regarding supply issues in the south of the county after operational issues at its water treatment plant.
The Council has also asked that people take showers instead of baths, and not to run dishwashers or washing machines.
The statement in full from the Council is below:
“Leitrim County Council working in partnership with Irish Water is advising Customers on the South Leitrim Regional Water Supply Scheme that due to exceptionally high water demand and ongoing Operational issues at the South Leitrim Regional Water Treatment Plant, they may experience loss of pressure and/or water outages for the next few days.
Customers in high lying areas will be most affected and may experience disruptions to their water supply while the system fully recharges.
The area’s most impacted are Drumshanbo, Ballinamore, Fenagh, Aughnasheelin, Kesh, Mohill, Cloone, Carrigallen and all Group Water Schemes in these areas. There may also be a need to further restrict supplies in areas of high usage for a period of time until such time as the Reservoirs have refilled and the Networks recharge.
Customers are advised that this is necessary due to the extremely cold weather conditions, exceptionally high water usage and water treatment plants are struggling to meet water supply demands. Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.
High water usage is being registered across the county due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes and on farms.
Leitrim Co Co is urging customers to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.
Leitrim County Council on behalf of Irish Water would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time and apologise for any inconvenience caused.”