A serious water supply outage which resulted in dry taps across much of the east side of Athlone today (Monday) is nearing an end, according to Irish Water.
In an update issued shortly after 9pm, the utility said the watermain burst has now been fixed and normal supply will return "over the course of this evening and tomorrow."
The watermain burst occurred at 1am this morning.
Water supplies have been affected in Killyon Hill, Bonavalley, Ballymahon Road, Dublin Road, Ard na Glug, Cornamaddy, Cornamagh, Moydrum, Garrycastle, Fardrum, Retreat, Blyry, and parts of the town centre.
Irish Water said: "Normal water supply will return to customers over the course of this evening and tomorrow morning. Customers in high-lying areas may still experience low pressure issues over the coming 48 hours until the levels in the Annagh Reservoir are fully restored."
It added that alternative water supplies were also being provided at the following locations: Willow Park, Lower Retreat Road, Dublin Road, Birr Turn, Altown, Cypress Gardens, Valleycourt, Mount Temple, Baylin and Clonbonny.
People who access water from these tanks were asked to boil it before use, as a precuationary measure.
"Irish Water makes every effort to ensure that the alternative drinking water supply provided, including the tanker/bowser, and dispensing tap, are adequately disinfected," said the statement.
"However, as it is not practical to provide sterilised containers for the public to transport drinking water from the tanker to their homes, we cannot guarantee that any containers used by the public do not negatively impact or contaminate the drinking water.
"Therefore, as a precautionary measure, it is recommended that any members of the public who obtain water from a tanker or bowser boil the water before use."
Irish Water and Westmeath County Council apologised to customers affected by this burst.