27 June 2018 Go back to News
Bennettsbridge water scheme to be placed on restriction tonight as work commences to improve supply
Irish Water wish to advise customers that the Bennettsbridge Scheme in Kilkenny is to be placed on restriction from 9pm tonight (Wednesday) until 6am Thursday morning as work commences to replace a pump.
The new larger pump should be in place by late afternoon tomorrow and will increase and improve water supply in the area.
Customers in the majority of the scheme should have water back by 9am on Thursday morning. The water supply will be restored to customers as the network refills. It can take a number of hours for the water to return fully to customers on higher ground or at the end 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 to give what practical support they can to farmers who are in need.
Please Conserve Water
Irish Water is 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.