Latest updates from Chartered Engineer and water conservation expert, Kate Gannon,



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.

DateDaily water usage
17-07-2018554.8
18-07-2018554.7
19-07-2018554.1
20-07-2018555.1
21-07-2018549.3
22-07-2018550.9
23-07-2018550.8
24-07-2018549.1
25-07-2018549.3
26-07-2018549.1
27-07-2018548.8
28-07-2018548.3
29-07-2018545.7
30-07-2018545.3
31-07-2018544.4
01-08-2018541.7
02-08-2018541.9
03-08-2018541.9
04-08-2018542.0
05-08-2018542.0
06-08-2018542.1
07-08-2018542.2
08-08-2018542.5
09-08-2018541.6
10-08-2018541.8
11-08-2018542.2
12-08-2018542.6
13-08-2018545.5
14-08-2018545.0
15-08-2018545.8
16-08-2018544.5

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.

We will monitor the situation daily and will keep everyone informed of the progress we are making but at the moment we cannot predict that. It also depends on the weather.

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.

Water Restriction Areas
Counties (A-Z) Applicable Townlands
Aran Islands Inis Oirr Inis Mór Inis Meáin        
Clare Ennistymon Lahinch Liscannor Crean      
Cork Castletownroche Kilbrin Ballinatona Clonakilty      
Dublin Dublin city Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Fingal South Dublin      
Galway Galway city            
Kerry Mid Kerry            
Kilkenny Bennettsbridge            
Limerick Oola Pallasgreen Hospital Knocklong      
Offaly Lisduff            

News Updates

Public urged to continue to conserve water as the demand for water remains high

There is currently no water restrictions in Kildare but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to conserve water and protect supplies.

Homes and Business must continue to conserve water depsite change in weather

There is currently no water restrictions in Laois but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

Public must continue to conserve water in order to reduce water restrictions

There is currently no water restrictions in Longford but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Louth public urged to conserve water despite change in weather

There is currently no water restrictions in Louth but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

Public urged to continue to conserve water as the demand for water remains high

There is currently no water restrictions in Meath but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to conserve water and protect supplies.

Public must continue to conserve water as the demand for water remains high

There is currently no water restrictions in Offaly but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

Westmeath public urged to conserve water as demand continues to rise

There is currently no water restrictions in Westmeath but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Public urged to continue to conserve water despite change in weather

There is currently no water restrictions in Wicklow but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.
Greater Dublin Area Overview

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

Read more

East Galway

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.

Aran Islands

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.

West Galway

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. 

South Galway

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.

Galway City

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.

Carlow public must continue to conserve water as demand continues to remain high

There is currently no water restrictions in Carlow but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Public urged to continue to conserve water despite change in weather

There is currently no water restrictions in Cavan but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

Donegal customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

There is currently no water restrictions in Donegal but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Galway customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

There is currently no water restrictions in Galway but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

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

Read more

Kilkenny customers urged to continue conserving water despite change in weather

There is currently no water restrictions in Kilkenny but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Leitrim customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

There is currently no water restrictions in Leitrim but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to conserve water whereever possible.

Mayo customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

There is currently no water restrictions in Mayo but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Monaghan customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

There is currently no water restrictions in Monaghan but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

Roscommon customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

There is currently no water restrictions in Roscommon but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Sligo customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

There is currently no water restrictions in Sligo but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

Wexford public urged to conserve water as demand continues to rise

There is currently no water restrictions in Wexford but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

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:

  • Waterford

Loskeran, Ballylaneen, Portlaw, Kilrossanty, Ardmore, Kealfoun

  • Limerick

Hospital, Oola, Knocklong, Herbertstown, Bruff, Lahall, Newcastle West, Pallasgreen, Doon, Bruff

  • Kerry

Ardfert, Ballytermon

  • Cork

Freemount, Ballyhooley, Kilbrin, Gortnaskethy

Public must continue to conserve water as the demand for water remains high

There is currently no water restrictions in Clare but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Report any leaks you see on the public network.

Urgent appeal to Cork customers to continue conserve water despite change in weather

There is currently no water restrictions in Cork but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to conserve water now and for the months ahead.

Public must continue to conserve water as demand for water remains high

There is currently no water restrictions in Kerry but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Water restrictions in Herbertstown, Knocklong, Oola, Hospital and Bruff

There is currently no water restrictions in Herbertstown, Knocklong, Oola, Hospital and Bruff but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network.

Public urged to continue to conserve water as the demand for water remains high

There is currently no water restrictions in Tipperary but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help.

Water supplies across the county continue to remain under pressure

There is currently no water restrictions in Waterford but the Water Conservation Order remains in place till the 31st of August.

  • Report any leaks you see on the public network.
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