Water Restrictions to continue in Dublin and around the country
Irish Water recognises that many of our water customers continue to face severe impacts from water interruption or restrictions, where customers only have water at certain times. These are likely to continue for a number of days.
Water Restrictions are now likely to last a number of days in the greater Dublin area but Irish Water is hoping to do so now from 8pm to 6am and will keep under review. Irish Water, working with the local authorities is attempting to minimise the impact of these restrictions by confining them to night time hours where possible.
In the Greater Dublin Area Irish Water saw an increase of over 10% in demand from Friday to Sunday. Despite having our plants working at peak output, storage of water in the reservoirs was significantly depleted.
Irish Water had to act to protect homes and businesses in Dublin and avoid widespread outages in the capital. The decision to reduce pressure across the Dublin network for a 12 hour period was one that was not taken lightly but we needed to ensure the city continued to function. Working with the four local authorities, we are currently assessing the impact of the 12 hour reduction in pressure on our reservoirs.
We are leveraging the best expertise across Irish Water and the 4 Dublin Councils to move water around the network and protect supply. We are aware that some people were without water entirely and we will review with water engineers across the Dublin Councils today to see how we can minimise this impact. This is essential to allow our reservoirs to refill as repairs to bursts and leaks are underway. Hospitals on the network will be prioritised and have water diverted to them.
Our crews have been mobilised across Dublin and around the country to make the necessary repairs at plants and to fix bursts and significant progress is being made. In Dublin three major bursts in the North Docklands, Infirmary Road and Skerries were wasting the equivalent of the daily water usage of Balbriggan which has a population of about 25,000. These have now been repaired. In Donegal, repairs done by County Council staff there means that the 46,000 people on water restrictions now have normal service restored. Other counties which also had significant numbers of people on no or restricted water are back to normal including Kerry, Westmeath, Laois and Longford.
Numbers without water & on restrictions
In all just over 20,500 people are without water and an additional 47,000 have restricted supply due low levels in reservoirs. These numbers are subject to change as more bursts and repairs occur.
Those without water are include almost;
- 2,000 in Cork;
- 7,300 in Wexford;
- and 12,250 in Tipperary.
Those on restricted supply include;
- 500 in Cork
- 16,500 in Galway;
- 300 in Kildare; 1
- 16,500 in Leitrim;
- 700 in Mayo; and 12,500 in Meath.
Other areas particularly smaller drinking water schemes may experience some lower pressure too due to high demand which is why it is so important that people conserve water where possible.
Just over 14,000 people are on storm related Boil Water Notices.
Of those affected, 1900 are in Aughrim in Co. Wicklow, over 11,000 are in Enniscorthy and the remainder are on small schemes in Waterford.
Due to hydrocarbon contamination of the source supplying the Fethard Public Water Supply, Irish Water and Tipperary County Council, in consultation with the HSE, have issued a Do Not Drink notice for customers supplied by this scheme affecting 12,000 people.
We are working with Tipperary Co. Council to resolve the issue but it is expected to stay in place for a few days.
Water tankers will be provided to assist customers in these areas. Details of the locations of these tankers will be available on the Service and Supply Section of the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/
Irish Water continues to appeal to customers all across the country to conserve water at this time. Increasing demand coupled with weather related bursts and leaks has resulted in our water treatment plants running at capacity which could lead to even more outages and restrictions in the coming week.
The Irish Water contact centre is available during 24/7 on 1850 278278 for customers to report outages. Customers are urged to report loss of service or visible leaks to assist Irish Water to identify bursts.
Updates on outages per county and advice water conservation in homes and businesses is available on www.water.ie and on twitter @IrishWater & @IWCare.