An ongoing water outage in Athlone looks set to continue for 12 hours more than was originally anticipated. 

Irish Water gave notice to local media yesterday afternoon stating that water outages were planned in the town centre and east of the town - as far out as Mount Temple - from 8pm on Tuesday until 8am today. 

However, water supplies in the affected areas did not return as predicted this morning - leading to huge inconvenience for local homes and businesses.    

In an update this morning, Irish Water said it now expects the water outage to continue until 8pm today.

The company said the disruption to local supplies was as being caused by "essential reservoir works."

Areas affected by the outage include Garrycastle, Dublin Road, Ardnaglug, Fardrum, Moydrum, Blyry, Killyon Hill, Retreat, Bonavalley, Athlone town and surrounding areas. 

The current outage is the latest in a series of disruptions to local water supplies in the aftermath of Storm Emma earlier this month.