Water Shortage Updates
In this section you will find the current water restriction updates for Ireland and the Greater Dublin Area. It will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to replenish raw water levels so please continue to conserve water wherever possible.
Greater Dublin Area
Irish Water working with the local authorities in the Greater Dublin Area, which includes parts of Wicklow, Kildare and Meath, have introduced night time water restrictions to protect future water supply for homes and businesses and avoid widespread outages in the autumn. Areas around major hospitals have been protected and pressure will not be affected in those areas.
Greater Dublin Area Daily Water Usage
The graph below represents the amount of water used daily in the Greater Dublin Area. This includes the population of County Dublin, and parts of Counties Wicklow, Kildare and Meath. This area is supplied by seven water treatment plants: Ballymore Eustace, Leixlip, Vartry, Ballyboden, Bog of the Ring, Srowland, Monasterevin, and Rathangan. The current safe and sustainable limit that we can treat in these water treatment plants is 610 million litres per day.
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Frequently asked Questions
We had hoped to avoid placing night-time restrictions on water supply due to the impact this would cause on homes and businesses. Despite the positive effects of water conservation by the public, with no rain forecast we need to take action now. This is to protect the water supply and avoid widespread outages in the autumn.
The water conservation orders have had a hugely positive impact and we want to thank the public and businesses for their water conservation efforts. However it is not enough. We are barely back to the last summer’s level of usage in the Greater Dublin Area. It is vital that people continue to conserve water so we can minimize the impact of the restrictions.
Along with the local authorities, we are working 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 will be balanced against how much water can be saved through these restrictions.
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.
Water Conservation Appeal
As drought conditions continue across the country we are asking everyone to conserve water. This will reduce the risk of lower water pressure or no water at all. It will take sustained rainfall over weeks and even months, to restore levels in our raw water sources and treated drinking water levels in our storage reservoirs.
Current water restriction areas around Ireland
There are a number of schemes across the country on restrictions. These are listed in the table below. The times and duration of these restrictions varies across the schemes to minimize the impact to homes and business while protecting the supply for the future.
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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 parts of Dublin and Wicklow in order to protect future water supply for homes and businesses and avoid widespread outages in the autumn. Areas around major hospitals have been protected and pressure will not be affected in those areas. For a list of areas, please view the press release below.
Hosepipe ban issued as warm weather set to continue
The Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will be in place until 31 August and a continuance of the Level 2 water pressure reductions in the Greater Dublin area for another two weeks.
The prohibited use will apply to the use of water drawn through a hosepipe or similar for the purpose of:
- watering a garden
- cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
- cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
- filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
- filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds) using a hosepipe
- filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
- use of water for filling or replenishing an artificial pond (excluding fish ponds), lake or similar application.
See map of the Greater Dublin Water Supply Area to which the Order applies.
Over 25 schemes across the country already on restrictions
- Areas around major hospitals have been protected
- Schemes have been categorised on a 0 to 5 rating
- Level 2 Restrictions will be between 22:00 to 05:00
The Ballinasloe Water Treatment Plant is operating at full capacity and reservoir levels are giving major cause for concern. Supplementary pumps have been deployed due to low water levels in the River Suck. Customers in Ballinasloe, Laurencetown, Eyrecourt and Kiltormer are urged to reduce water usage in every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all.
Night time restrictions are in place on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr from 8pm to 8am. This is to conserve water in the raw water reservoirs. Water usage on the island has increased by 30 per cent and reservoir levels are giving cause for very serious concern. Tankering is ongoing to Inis Mór. We are urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve water on all of the Aran Islands.
Restrictions remain in place on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.
Demand in Tír na Fhía/Leitir Mór has increased significantly and some areas are experiencing outages.
Clarenbridge Water Tower did not refill overnight last Thursday and storage is not sufficient to meet demand. Customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.
Due to very high demand in areas supplied by Tonabrocky reservoir, Irish Water has no choice but to restrict water supply at night time between the hours of 11pm and 7am.
Barna, Moycullen, Knocknacarra, Kingston, Taylor’s Hill, Letteragh Road, Bishop O’Donnell Road, Clybaun Road, Cappagh Road, Ballymoneen Road (areas north of Western Distributor Road) may experience low pressure and reduced flow at night time.
These restrictions are essential to allow the Tonabrocky reservoir storage levels to recover and will remain in place at night time until further notice.
Night time water restrictions in place on Aran islands from 8pm to 8am daily
Restrictions are being implemented due to the ongoing drought
- Night time restrictions in Inis Mór and Inis Oirr
- Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
- Please continue to conserve water whereever possible
27 schemes impacted by drought
In the Southern Region, water availability in 27 schemes is impacted by drought. Customer supply is being managed by tankering water to reservoirs, restricting supply at night and in a small number of cases providing emergency water stations. Leakage Find and Fix crews are mobilised to reduce the water being lost through leaks both on the customer side and in the public network. These measures are currently mitigating the impacts on business and household users and will have to be maintained for the foreseeable future.
15 to 20% increase in demand
In general, there has been a 15 to 20% increase in demand. Due to the rural nature of the region, many towns and villages are supplied by small streams and boreholes.
The areas worst affected in the Southern region are as follows:
Loskeran, Ballylaneen, Portlaw, Kilrossanty, Ardmore, Kealfoun
Hospital, Oola, Knocklong, Herbertstown, Bruff, Lahall, Newcastle West, Pallasgreen, Doon, Bruff
Freemount, Ballyhooley, Kilbrin, Gortnaskethy