Water restrictions lifted on Inis Oírr after six months

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Night-time water restrictions have been lifted on Inis Oírr after being in place for almost six months.

Irish Water imposed water restrictions on the Aran Island from 11pm to 7am back at the start of May.

The restrictions were imposed due to low reservoir levels on the island, and keeping the island supplied over the summer involved tankering in water from the mainland.

Irish Water says today that, with water reserves improved, these now have been lifted with immediate effect.

Tim O’Connor of Irish Water said “The restrictions were necessary over the summer months to ensure a continuous daily water supply was available for residents and businesses for hygiene and other essential purposes.”

“Supplies were increased by a significant amount of tankering of water by sea from Rossaveel over the past three months.”

“Thankfully water reserves on the island have recovered and are currently sufficient to ensure a continuous water supply into the autumn.”

“Irish Water and Galway County Council will continue to monitor and maintain the supply for our customers on Inis Oírr.”

“We would like to thank residents, businesses and visitors to the Island for their conservation efforts during the restrictions and we would also like to remind customers that it is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand washing.”