Restriction from 9pm Thursday until 6am Friday morning as water demand in the area continues to be high

We wish to advise customers that the Bennettsbridge Scheme in Kilkenny is to be placed on a further restriction from 9pm tonight (Thursday) until 6am Friday morning as water demand in the area continues to be high. 

We have been working since yesterday to install a new larger pump, once installed it is anticipated it will help to increase the level of water supplied to the water treatment plant.  It will take a number of hours to establish if this new pump will help to meet increase the availability of water in the area.

Supply Restoration

Customers in the majority of the scheme should have water back by 9am on Friday morning but it may take longer for the water supply to be restored to customers on higher ground or at the edge of the network once the water supply is turned back on. This action is being taken to ensure that the maximum quantity of raw water from the source is available to supply the area.

The timing of this restriction is designed to minimise the impact particularly on dairy and other farmers in the area. Irish Water has been in touch with farming organisations and will give what practical support they can to farmers who are in need.

Please Conserve Water

We are asking customers to conserve water for the foreseeable future. The current dry spell and high levels of leakage due to the age of the network are contributing to the reduced available supply of treated drinking water. In an effort to minimise potential interruptions, customers are being asked to conserve water by refraining from watering gardens, washing cars, using power hoses and minimising their use generally.

Irish Water and Kilkenny County council are actively working to fix leaks in the network and are looking at options to supplement the supply to the reservoirs over the coming weeks. However further restrictions may be necessary over the coming days and weeks in order to manage water levels in the network and ensure a water supply is maintained during high demand times.

Tips to help you conserve water

  • Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes
  • Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water
  • Shower vs. Bath:The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving
  • Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
  • Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills
  • Don’t flush it all away:A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water

Water conservation tips

For more advice on how to conserve water, please visit our Conserve Water page.


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