Restrictions being imposed on the Central Regional Supply in Carlow tonight from 10pm to 6am

Demand for water right across County Carlow continues to increase and as a result Irish Water is urging the public to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

Irish Water and Carlow County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the at-risk scheme that is causing most concern at present is the Carlow Central Regional Water Supply. This scheme supplies water to Ballon, Fenagh, Myshall, Kildavin, Clonegal and surrounding areas. Demand in Ballon and Fenagh has increased by 35 per cent from normal flows over the last number of days.

Reservoir levels now at a critical stage

We are appealing to customers in Ballon, Fenagh, Myshall and surrounding areas to conserve water as reservoir levels on the scheme are now at a critical stage with demand exceeding production. Small measures by everybody will help to refill the reservoirs. Due to the increase in the demand for water and the limited availability of raw water as a result of the current dry weather, reservoir levels have dropped in the area. In order to allow water levels to recover, it is necessary to impose a restriction on the supply on the Central Regional Supply in Carlow from 10pm tonight until 6am tomorrow morning and it is likely that this restriction will continue until levels recover and supply exceeds demand. This will be reviewed on a daily basis.

We are urging customers across the county but especially in these areas to conserve water wherever possible. We are also appealing to farmers across this scheme to check drinking troughs and outbuildings for leaks on their properties to ensure that they are not overflowing or leaking.

Please conserve water

Demand levels for water in the Greater Dublin Area remain critically high but there is some evidence that the public is beginning to conserve water.

Our Drought Management Team is meeting daily and is monitoring water supplies and demand around the country on a daily basis.

Demand has risen to concerning levels elsewhere

In the Greater Dublin Area, where Irish Water can produce 610 million litres of water per day, demand has risen to concerning levels. In the summer of 2017, an average of 565 mega litres of water per day was used. In the past 24 hours demand reached 603 mega litres which was down marginally from the previous 24 hours where demand reached a very concerning 609 mega litres. A usage of 603 mega litres still leaves almost no margin of supply over demand. We remain very concerned about the possibility of having to impose restrictions in the long term.

In many of our schemes around the country, supply and demand was already under pressure and the spell of warm weather has exacerbated this situation. Demand for water is increasing while levels in rivers and lakes are dropping significantly which means that is there is less water available to treat and supply to homes and businesses.

Outages and areas at risk

Already some areas in Athlone, Kilkenny, Longford, Galway and north Dublin have experienced outages and restrictions and areas in Donegal, Limerick and Mullingar have been identified as being at risk.

Commenting on the ongoing situation our Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon, said “We are very grateful to the public for all efforts to conserve water. As we can see from the drop in demand in the Greater Dublin Area overnight, every small measure has a positive impact. We were very encouraged for example to see Dublin Bus commit to only washing their fleet every three days instead of every day.

However, we have a long way to go. If the drought is prolonged, water restrictions will become unavoidable if demand does not continue to drop. Irish Water is appealing to the public to be continue to be mindful of their water usage. Every effort someone makes in their home or business impacts their neighbour and community. Irish Water have lots of tips for conserving water in the home, garden and business on

“Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme teams are on the ground now but we also need the public’s support to reduce their water usage. The top three measures that people can take are not using a hose to water the garden or wash cars; keeping paddling pools very shallow if they are being used; and taking short showers rather than baths.

“The situation remains critical and we are continuing to seek the public’s help. Every effort the public make to conserve water will help to minimise risk of supply loss to them and their community.”

Water conservation tips

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


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