Water restrictions imposed as reservoir levels drop on Inis Oírr

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Galway Daily news Moycullen water outage

Nightly water restrictions are being brought in on Inis Oírr from tonight due to a recent drop in reservoir levels.

Irish Water are appealing for people on the Aran Island to conserve water as much as possible to protect its supply.

The water restrictions will be in place nightly from 11pm to 7am, starting from Thursday, April 7.

Rónan Daly, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead for Galway is mindful of the impact that these restrictions can have on customers but stresses their importance.

“These restrictions are necessary to ensure a continuous daily water supply is available for residents and businesses on Inis Oírr.”

However, he added that time timing of the restrictions will result in “minimal disruption” to people living on the island.

“We are asking customers to be mindful of how they use water. However it is important to continue to follow the HSE COVID-19 guidance on hand washing.”

“While handwashing remains a priority, simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply.”

He added that simple methods such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving can save up to six litres of water a minute.

Last year, residents of Inis Oírr had to deal with nightly water restrictions for almost six months, from May to October.

Keeping the island supplied over the summer necessitated tankering water over from the mainland.