8 March 2018 Go back to News
Restrictions remain in place tonight for Greater Dublin Region
9 boil water notices lifted in Waterford and Wexford
- Irish Water and the Greater Dublin Region Local Authorities continue to make good progress on finding and fixing leaks
- Shortfall of 60 million litres of water between production at plants
- Restrictions necessary to protect homes and businesses in Dublin and avoid widespread outages in the capital
- 8 boil water notices in place in Waterford have all been lifted On the advice of the Health Service Executive in the following areas Ballyknock, Ballyguiry, Comeragh, Carrigeen, Kilcooney, Knockalisheen, Grallagh and Mellery. The boil water notice in Enniscorthy has been lifted too.
- 12,750 customers remain without a water supply, 27,484 customers have a restricted supply and one do not drink notice in Fethard serving 12,000
- Restrictions remain in place for Dublin City , South County Dublin, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, East Meath, Athlone, Leitrim, partial restriction in Kiltimagh in Mayo for 50 customers, Galway in Carraroe, Ballinasloe, Williamstown and Moylough
Irish Water working with the Local Authorities in the Greater Dublin Area are making progress in finding and fixing leaks on the public network and also on private side leaks in homes and businesses. On Monday we had a 60 million litre deficit on the volume of water being produced at our plants versus the demand from customers across the region. The demand for water needed by homes and businesses has stabilised between Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is encouraging that Irish Water can meet and exceed demand by operating plants above normal output. The stabilisation of demand indicates that people running taps and broken pipes in homes and businesses appears to have significantly reduced. Therefore predominant leaks at this stage are likely to be on the public water network which is made up of old and fragile pipes which are on average 80 years old.
However the demand of 589 million litres per day across the region remains high despite the impacts of restrictions being applied. Irish Water’s strategy must be to continue to build up water reserves in our reservoirs while continuing to reduce leakage. The storage levels in our reservoirs remains at 100 million litres below what is required to operate at normal levels.
Our strategy to maintain our efforts to reduce leakage will continue and we will continue to maximise production at our plants subject to any unforeseen failures and to retain appropriate levels of conservation through leakage reduction restrictions.
Commenting on the water restrictions Eamon Gallen, General Manager of Irish Water said “The decision to restrict water was made to support business and the city’s economy and to avoid wide spread water outages during core business hours.
We are extremely conscious of the hardship that supply restrictions impose on people and businesses across the region and we continue to look at how we can carry out restrictions in a way that minimises impact and avoids concentrating them in individual areas. To support this we are considering how we can further reduce restrictions over the weekend when the impact of restrictions can have an even greater impact on social and commercial life when sporting and social events are taking place.
Irish Water wishes to thank all the people in the region for their forbearance and understanding of the need for these measures in order to sustain the social and economic life of the region by ensuring the supply is not further compromised.
We are also aware that some people and communities have endured greater impact then others and we are deploying crews to follow up on complaints and feedback in an effort to try to resolve local issues as far as possible”
Irish Water is appealing to homeowners and businesses to conserve water at this time. Advice on how to do so is available on water.ie. Where customers do have leaks in their homes we would appeal to them to prioritise getting these fixed. Any visible leaks should be reported to Irish Water on 1850 278 278. For elected representatives Irish Water has dedicated phone lines in place for elected representatives. The phone number is 1890 578 578 for TDs and Senators and for Councillors the Local Representative number is 1890 178 178.