Water Restrictions and Supply Updates
Keep up to date on the latest water supply restrictions and areas impacted by recent drought conditions
Supplies recovering from recent drought conditions and high demand
Recent periods of very low rainfall and an increase in water usage in homes across the country caused our water resources to fall to critical levels. Over the past couple of weeks there has been above average rainfall in many areas of the country which has resulted in the recovery of some of the water supplies that were in drought or at risk of drought. We continue to assess and monitor water supplies nationwide on a daily basis. Below is a list of areas where restrictions remain in place to protect water supplies for essential use.
Water restriction notices
The table below shows the areas with water restrictions currently in place. Please conserve water wherever possible. For more information and advice on how to conserve, visit our Water Conservation page.
News updates per region
Please conserve water
While handwashing remains a priority, even small water savings in your home can make a big difference. We urgently need your help to conserve water at this time by turning off your garden sprinklers, not using your garden hose, taking shorter showers and turning off taps when shaving or brushing your teeth. By working together we can help conserve water for essential health and hygiene use, and prevent water restrictions.
Report any leaks you see on the public network
As well as conserving water where possible please report any leaks you see on the public water network and check for and repair any leaks at home and in your business.
Vulnerable Customer Services
You can register yourself or someone you know for our Vulnerable Customer Services. Register online or sign up to receive text message supply updates. If you would prefer to speak to a member of our Customer Care team, please contact us on 1850 278 278. Rates charged for 1850 numbers may vary. Calls from mobiles may be more expensive.
If you run a business, you can also help ease demand on your local water supply. If you have employees, encourage them to suggest ways to save water in the workplace and fix any leaks or bursts as soon as possible. Remember, reducing your overall usage will also help to reduce your water bills too.
How Irish Water protects and manages Ireland's water supplies
During shortages and periods of drought, our Drought Management Team meet daily to assess and monitor demand on water supplies nationwide and determine the necessary measures to protect the supply for the months ahead. We work hard to ensure you have continued water supply through the following ways.
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Through our national Leakage Reduction Programme, we are reducing the amount of treated water lost through leakage across the country. For more information, visit our Leakage Reduction Programme page.
Increase leak detection and repair crews
We also increase leak detection and repair crews in affected areas during a water restriction period to provide emergency support over and above our normal operational crews. These leaks can be in the public water infrastructure or in private homes and businesses.
Finding and fixing leaks in homes and businesses
During water shortages, we encourage home and business owners to check and fix leaks on their properties. If you are a home owner and think you may have a leak on your property, you may qualify for a free leak investigation and repair via our First Fix Free Scheme.
What causes water shortages and restrictions?
A short spell of dry weather does not cause drought or water shortages. We need regular rainfall throughout the year, especially during winter, to build up our water supplies. Find out about water restrictions and how Irish Water works to conserve, protect and manage your supply.