Water supply is gradually returning to all areas

Irish Water is working as part of the National Emergency Committee (NEC) and in partnership with local authorities around the country to minimise the risk to customers and to restore full supply.

In the Greater Dublin Area Irish Water saw an increase of over 10% in demand from Friday to Sunday. Despite having our plants working at peak output, storage of water in the reservoirs was significantly depleted. Demand is continuing to rise and our reservoir levels continue to drop. There is not enough water in our reservoirs to meet the current levels of demand.

As a result, Irish Water will reduce water pressure in Dublin, parts of Wicklow, Kildare and Meath from 7pm tonight, Monday 5 March to 7am Tuesday 6 March when supply will begin to return to normal levels. This is essential to allow our reservoirs to refill as repairs to bursts and leaks are underway.

Hospitals on the network will be prioritised and have water diverted to them.

Irish Water need to reduce water pressure in order to minimise the impact on homes and businesses and in a bid to avoid widespread outages.

Homes will have storage in their attic tanks and businesses should also have storage on site. On high ground and on the extremities of the network, people may experience some outages.

Irish Water, working with the four Dublin local authorities, is reviewing the situation on an hourly basis.

Vulnerable customers are being contacted to provide advice and support.

Crews have been mobilised across Dublin and prioritising the biggest bursts. Over the weekend three bursts in the North Docklands, Infirmary Road and Skerries were repaired saving the equivalent of the daily water usage of Balbriggan which has a population of around 25,000.

We are asking people to conserve water by taking some simple actions:

  • taking shorter showers, 4 minutes or less as an average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute
  • turning off the tap when brushing your teeth as a running tap can use up to six litres of water per minute.
  • keeping a jug of water in the fridge as waiting for a tap to run cold water to drink can waste more than 10 litres of water in a day.
  • reducing use of dishwashers and washing machines, only using when full.

Any visible leaks should be reported to Irish Water on 1850 278 278.

Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wicklow

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