Over 25 schemes across the country already on restrictions

Irish Water working with the local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area which includes parts of Wicklow, Kildare and Meath have formulated a plan that focuses on the introduction of night time water restrictions in a bid to protect future water supply for homes and businesses and avoid widespread outages in the autumn.

Irish Water and the local authorities worked through over 800 district meter areas to establish where water supplies can be restricted and for how long while minimising the impact to homes and businesses. This was balanced against how much water can be saved through these restrictions. Areas around major hospitals have been protected and pressure will not be affected in those areas.

Schemes have been categorised on a 0 to 5 rating to identify the level of risk and the level of intervention that is required.

Levels 0 – 3 will see no day-time restrictions. 

Level 0 will result in no restrictions and water pressure will be maintained to accommodate peak flows over 24-hour period.

Level 1 will result in night-time pressures being reduced to minimal practical from midnight to 5am. The average 2-storey house will not see any change in service.

Level 2 will see a reduction in the pressure at night-time to the minimal that is practical for normal pressure to reach the ground floor of a two storey house. Most customers will experience low night-time pressures, but no loss of supply. Supply to some customers on high ground and at remote end of networks may reduce to trickle at kitchen sink during those periods. In multi-storey buildings, customers may experience low night-time pressures depending on their building pumping and storage system. The time period for Level 2 is from 10pm to 5am.

Level 3 will see night-time pressures reduced so that most customers will experience low night-time pressures, but no loss of supply. Supply to some customers on high ground and at remote end of networks may reduce to slight flow at kitchen sink during those periods. Customers in multi-storey buildings may experience low night-time pressures depending on their building pumping and storage system. The time period for Level 3 will start from 10pm to 5am and be extended to 9pm to 7am as required.

Level 4 will see an impact on day-time service where water pressure is reduced to minimal practical for average flow service to ground-floor only and night-time distribution network pressures reduced to minimal practical for minimum flow service capability to ground-floor only. Most customers will experience low pressures during day and night pressure reductions but no loss of supply. Supply to some customers on high ground and at remote end of networks may reduce to trickle at kitchen sink during those periods. Customers in multi-storey buildings may experience low night-time and day-time pressures depending on their building pumping and storage system. The hours for Level 4 are 10am to 4pm and 9pm to 7am.

Level 5 will see day-time water pressures reduced to minimal practical for average flow service capability to ground-floor only.  At night-time there will pressure restrictions and shut downs of the network on a rotational basis. At this stage most customers will experience low pressures during day-time pressure reductions, but no loss of supply. Supply to some customers on high ground and at remote end of networks may reduce to trickle at kitchen sink during those periods. Most customers will experience full loss of supply during night-time shuts in their area. Customers in multi-storey buildings may experience low night-time pressures and day-time supply interruptions depending on their building pumping and storage system. The hours will be 10am – 4pm during the day and 9pm to 7am at night.

Level 2 Restrictions beginning Monday night at 10pm

A decision has been made to place the following areas under Level 2 Restrictions from 10pm to 5am, beginning this Monday night:

  • City Centre North and South
  • Smithfield
  • Phibsboro
  • Drumcondra
  • Cabra
  • Whitehall
  • Finglas
  • Beaumont
  • Marina
  • Eastwall
  • Inchicore
  • Crumlin
  • Ballyfermot
  • Kimmage
  • Walkinstown
  • Chapelizod
  • Ranelagh
  • Rathgar
  • Ballsbridge
  • Donnybrook
  • Sandymont
  • Ringsend
  • Clondalkin
  • Lucan
  • Tallaght
  • Templeogue
  • Ballyboden
  • Rathfarnham
  • Dalkey
  • Killiney
  • Ballybrack
  • Shankill
  • Cabinteely
  • Bray

No current plans to go above Level 2 in the Greater Dublin Area.

There are no current plans to go above Level 2 in the Greater Dublin Area. There are already over 25 schemes across the country already on restrictions. These are listed on our Water Shortage Updates page. 

Speaking about this move, Irish Water Engineer and water conservation expert, Kate Gannon, said “Introducing restrictions was an option that Irish Water hoped could be avoided because of the inevitable impact on homes and businesses. The decision to lock down the restrictions to these areas was not taken lightly. If any customers are being adversely affected please call our Customer Care helpline on 1850 278 278 and this will allow us to identify any areas where an undue impact is being felt.”

Water Shortage Updates page

We are very grateful to the public and businesses for the efforts you have made to conserve water. A tracker showing the drop in demand in the Greater Dublin Area is available our Water Shortage Updates page. We are appealing to everyone to continue to conserve water to avoid any increase or extension of the restrictions.

We will continue to monitor the situation and these restrictions will remain in place for one week and will then be re-assessed.”

For information and advice on how to conserve water at home, at work and on the farm, please visit our Conserve Water page. Small changes really do make a big difference.

Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow

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