Laois people urged to turn off the taps as Storm Emma threatens water supply #stormemma

Customers in Swan, Newtown Doonane and Crettyyard are particularly being asked to conserve water

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


Irish Water is advising customers in Laois that some water treatment plants in the county are struggling to keep up with supply demands that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand. 

The company asks that all customers are conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

Customers in Swan, Newtown Doonane and Crettyyard townlands are particularly being asked to conserve water due to high demand in the area.

Customers throughout the county are urged to conserve water by not running taps unnecessarily, taking showers instead of baths and to refrain from using dishwashers and washing machines.

Irish Water working in partnership with Laois County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing.

Once further information is available we will issue another update.

Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at supply-and-service-update/

The Irish Water contact centre will be available during these hours on 1850 278278 for customers to report outages. Calls will be logged for action after the red warning has been lifted. When the warning is lifted calls will be prioritised.

For customers who do lose supply, alternative water supplies will be mobilised after the red warning has lifted.

 Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on and water supply updates are available at supply-and-service-update/