12 July 2018 Go back to News
Water restrictions to be confirmed for Greater Dublin Area to protect future supply
20 schemes already on restrictions across the country
Irish Water is continuing to work with the local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area with a view to introducing night time water restrictions in order to protect future supply and avoid widespread outages in the autumn.
We are working with the local authorities through over 800 district meter areas to establish where water supplies can be restricted and for how long while minimizing the impact to homes and businesses. This will be balanced against how much water can be saved through these restrictions
A final decision is expected tomorrow
A final decision is expected tomorrow (Friday) that will have the full details of what is to come. Restrictions are likely to begin early next week.
There are already over 20 schemes across the country already on restrictions. These are listed on Water Shortages Update page.
Speaking about this move, Chartered 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. Our water engineers have been working closely with the local authorities to see what measures can be taken that will save the water we need but also try to learn the lessons from the outages that were caused following restrictions in the aftermath of Storm Emma.”
“Placing night-time restrictions on homes and businesses is not something Irish Water want to have to do. The very positive conservation measures that are being taken by the public in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath are available to see on our Water Shortages Update page where a graph is tracking usage. We are monitoring the situation, but the weather is not changing, the rain is not coming. Something else has to be done to protect water supply and avoid widespread outages in the autumn. A final decision will be taken tomorrow when more detail will be issued regarding the timings and the affected areas.”
For more from Kate, check out our latest video update below.