Significant leaks and high water demand

Irish Water working in partnership with Kilkenny County Council wish to advise customers that the Bennettsbridge water supply scheme in Kilkenny will be placed on night time restrictions from 10pm until 6am from today (Tuesday) until Thursday 05 September as water demand in the area continues to be high.

There has also been some significant leaks found by crews on the ground and repair works are prioritised. These leaks further highlight the size and scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water due to decades of underinvestment. As a result of the repair works, supply must be restricted at the above times.

Affected areas

Irish Water emphasises the need to conserve water at this time to ensure adequate supply is maintained during daytime hours to homes and businesses. The main areas affected are those that are supplied by the Rathduff reservoir, which are, Bennettsbridge, Danesfort, Sevenhouses, Annamult, Kells, Dunnamaggin, Ennisnag, Dungarvan, Tullaherin, Rathduff and surrounding areas.

Safeguarding supplies

Operations Lead with Irish Water, James O'Toole said "The supply will be turned back on each morning at 6am with most customers seeing full restoration within a couple of hours. Supply restoration on higher ground or at the extremities of the network may take longer. This action is being taken to ensure that the maximum quantity of raw water from the source is available to supply the area and that this supply can be safeguarded. The timing of this restriction is designed to minimise the impact on customers."

Conserve water

Irish Water is asking customers to conserve water at this time and to use only what is completely necessary. Irish Water and Kilkenny County council are actively working to fix leaks in the network which allow the reservoir at Rathduff to replenish. 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.

For tips on how to use less water, check out or Water Conservation page.



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