Irish Water announce water restrictions for Athlone
Despite the rain today, drought conditions continue in certain areas.
Irish Water released a bulletin on Wednesday advising that water will be cut off to customers in Athlone between 10pm on Wednesday night and 6am on Thursday morning.
In a statement released earlier today, Irish Water said:
"Irish Water wishes to advise customers in Athlone and the surrounding areas that due to the increase in the demand for water as a result of the current dry weather water levels have dropped in the Annagh Reservoir in Athlone. In order to allow water levels to recover ahead of the weekend there is a planned water outage from 10pm on Wednesday, 11 July until 6am Thursday, 12 July 2018."
"This night-time restriction will impact customers in Athlone Town, Baylin, Mount Temple, The Ories, Garrycastle, Dublin Road, Ardnaglug, Fardrum, Moydrum, Blyry, Killyon Hill, Bonavalley, Athlone and surrounds in Co. Westmeath."
The measures follow similar water outages or conservation alerts throughout Ireland over the past two weeks.
Irish Water has clarified that they expect water to return to the Athlone region before 8am tomorrow.
"The water supply will restore to customers as the network refills. It can take a number of hours for the water to restore to customers on higher ground or at the end of the network once the water supply is turned back on. We expect that supply will return to customers between 6 am and 8am as the water returns to the network."
Met Éireann has warned that drought-like conditions will persist until Friday this week at the earliest.