20 July 2018 Go back to News
Continued urge for homes and businesses to conserve water despite change in weather
There are currently 24,000 people across 22 water supply schemes across the country who are experiencing a restricted or intermittent water supply.
Irish Water is continuing to urge homes and businesses to conserve water despite some rainfall nationally as many the raw water resources around the country are significantly depleted and continue to drop.
There are currently 24,000 people across 22 water supply schemes across the country who are experiencing a restricted or intermittent water supply. This includes schemes in Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick and Offaly. This number of people affected has doubled since restrictions were first introduced in a bid to protect the supply of water to these communities in the longer term. The schemes are reviewed on a daily basis and restrictions are only put on if necessary. For example in Athlone restrictions that were nightly have now gone to once a week reflecting the operational work that has been done on the ground, the conservation efforts of homes and businesses and the water saved by restricting the supply.
There are 20 schemes across the country in Clare, Cork, Donegal, Galway, Galway City, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick and Offaly who are currently having water tankered to reservoirs or water sources to minimise restrictions or potential restrictions and protect the supply. Over 90,000 people are benefiting from this measure.
Significant works are ongoing to try to support the supply of water in these areas, including improving intakes from the raw water sources, upgrading boreholes and investigating potential supplementary water sources, with Irish Water hydrologists out on the ground in a number of locations.
Greater Dublin Area
In the Greater Dublin Area, there are around 600,000 people affected by active pressure management restrictions. These customers are not seeing any discernible impact. The pressure management is being fine-tuned, using the learnings and customer feedback from when pressure management was used during Storm Emma. This has ensured minimal disruption, including areas with high night-time use. Pressure will continue to be managed so as not to cause any weekend issues.
The effects of the pressure management in the Greater Dublin Area will be reviewed next week when Irish Water has 7 days of data available to assess the impact and the water savings. Pressure management will be continued in the Greater Dublin Area but we will use this information to decide whether Irish Water needs to move from Level 2 restrictions or increase the areas affected. Irish Water will notify the public in advance of any further escalations.
Commenting on the situation, Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager and water engineer Kate Gannon said,
“Raw water resources are significantly depleted and continue to drop. In the absence of significant rainfall amounts, Irish Water continues to be concerned about the water resources into August and September. Water conservation efforts by Irish Water, the local authorities and our customers need to continue at their current levels.
“The efforts made by homes, businesses and farms have been really encouraging and we are very grateful for any and all measures taken to conserve water. Our leakage reduction teams have been active on the ground, working with the local authorities and prioritising the most impactful leaks first.”
“We are continuously monitoring the supply and demand levels. While any rainfall at all is welcome, we have a long way to go. Advice for homes, businesses and farms is available on water.ie where people can also see the decreasing usage of water in the Greater Dublin Area. Continued conservation is essential if we are to protect and safeguard future water supply.”
Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow