27 Jun 2022

Water shut off confirmed for parts of north Louth

Night time shut off

Water shut off confirmed for parts of north Louth

Water shut off confirmed for parts of north Louth

According to Irish Water, a pump failure at a borehole in Carlingford has reduced the water level in the Rath reservoir supplying the Cooley Public Water Supply.

UPDATED: List of areas impacted - Ballynamoney, Whitestown, Ballinamara, Templetown, Mucklagh, Willville, Rathcor, Omeath

To enable the water level in the reservoir to replenish Irish Water and Louth County Council have confirmed that a temporary night time shut off will be in placed from 11pm tonight Wednesday, 22 November to 7am on Thursday, 23 November.

The water supply to Rath North, Rath South, Omeath and surrounding areas will be shut off. Customers in these areas may experience low water pressure or a loss of water during the shut off period. During this period Irish Water are asking customers on the public water network in these areas to conserve water as much as possible.

The water supply during the day on Thursday, 23 November should not be affected. Plans are underway to repair the pump and are expected to be completed tomorrow.

Irish Water have apologised to customers for any inconvenience caused and thank them for their patience while the shut off is in place to allow them to repair the pump.

Customers can contact the Irish Water customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1850 278 278 and quote the unique alert number LOU15960 or visit for further information.

Irish Water’s Top Tips for Conserving Water:

Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes.

Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water.

Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving.

Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!

Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills.

Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water.

Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety.

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