Irish Water confirm Rathdowney residents are without water after pump failure in Galmoy

Rory Delaney


Rory Delaney


Thousands of residents in the Rathdowney and Galmoy areas have been left without water after a pump failed at the Galmoy Water Treatment Plant.

Irish Water released a statement tonight addressing the issue, with the problem not likely to be rectified until noon tomorrow. Water will be made available in Johnstown for those affected.

The statement in full from Irish Water reads as follows:

"Irish Water regrets that due a mechanical failure of a pump at the Galmoy Water Treatment Plant that customers in Galmoy and Rathdowney in Co. Laois are currently without water. Approximately 3,500 customers will be affected by this outage.

"The pump is currently being worked on and is now expected to be resolved by 12 noon tomorrow (Monday) when supply will begin to be restored.

"In order to address the temporary shortage a standing pipe will be available at the Johnstown National School in Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny from 9am on Monday morning until 8pm.

"Customers are reminded to bring clean containers and to boil water taken from these stations before use, as a precaution.

"Irish Water apologises to customers for the inconvenience caused and thanks them for their patience while crews work to repair the pump.

"Customers can contact our customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278 or visit for further updates."