Water Shortage Updates

Keep up to date on the latest water shortages and conservation updates nationwide

Huge increase in water consumption across Ireland

Irish Water is appealing to everyone to conserve water as drought conditions continue across the country. The National Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) is in place until midnight on the 31 July 2018. Due to depleting water levels in rivers, lakes and ground water sources which supply our water treatment plants the scope of this Order is being kept under review.

It will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to replenish raw water levels in rivers, lakes and groundwater sources and treated drinking water levels in our storage reservoirs. We will continue to analyse water consumption levels nationally over the weekend and early next week to assess demand for water with the National Water Conservation Order in place. At the same time, we are monitoring the continued fall in water levels in our sources.

Demand for water is so high, particularly during peak times, that we are struggling to get enough water around the system quick enough. If we can all do our bit this will reduce the risk of lower water pressure or no water at all.

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.

Business owners

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.

Greater Dublin Area

The usage in the Greater Dublin Area remains well above normal. We are appealing to the public and business owners to conserve water wherever possible to avoid widespread restrictions. The Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will be in place until 31 July but may be extended if necessary. For more information, please view the Greater Dublin Area section.
 
The Greater Dublin Area Daily Water Usage graph represents the amount of water that is used every day by people living in County Dublin, and parts of Counties Wicklow, Kildare and Meath. This water supply area, called the ‘Greater Dublin Water Supply Area’ is supplied by seven separate water treatment plants: Ballymore Eustace, Leixlip, Vartry, Ballyboden, Bog of the Ring, Srowland, and Monasterevin and Rathangan. These plants treat water from river sources: the Liffey, the Vartry the Dodder, the Barrow and from small groundwater sources. The largest source by far is the River Liffey, which provides 85% of the total water supplied to the Greater Dublin Area. The current safe and sustainable limit that we can treat in our water treatment plants is 610 million litres per day.

Irish Water is undertaking a number of projects to secure existing supplies in the Greater Dublin Water Supply Area and increase the amount of water that we can abstract from existing sources. These projects will make an additional 46 million litres of water a day available for treatment and use in the region by 2021. In addition to these projects, Irish Water is committed to reducing leakage levels in the Greater Dublin Water Supply Area by approximately 44 million litres of water a day by 2021. This is the maximum saving which can be reliably achieved in that timeframe, based on a comprehensive leakage management approach, supported by a programme of replacing failing mains through the national Leakage Reduction Programme.
 
This graph is updated daily to show you how much water is being used every day in this region.

Greater Dublin Area Daily Water Usage

DateDaily water usage
29-06-2018604.000287368428
30-06-2018602.250975526285
01-07-2018599.123169496571
02-07-2018594.651556336857
03-07-2018590.763561033857
04-07-2018585.527235722428
05-07-2018579.631213878571
06-07-2018574.729560338714
07-07-2018571.739712366857
08-07-2018569.502481519857
09-07-2018568.459466159571
10-07-2018568.354524392142
11-07-2018565.750000000000
12-07-2018564.500000000000
13-07-2018563.300000000000

What’s happening today?

Restrictions have been placed on parts of Dublin and Wicklow. Irish Water is 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. This will begin on Monday at 10pm 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 GDA press release below

Why now? Introducing restrictions was an option that we hoped could be avoided because of the inevitable impact on homes and businesses. Placing night-time restrictions on homes and businesses is not something we 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 daily usage graph. 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.

What is a Water Conservation Order / Hosepipe ban? The Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will be in place across Ireland until 31 July but we will keep the situation under review and may have to extend the period of time the Order is in place. 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

Did the Water Conservation Orders work? 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.

Who will be impacted and when? A final decision will be made later today when more detail will be issued regarding the timings and the affected areas.

Will water be reduced to a trickle? 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. 

How long will this last? 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.

What about the rest of the country? There are already 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          
Carlow Clonegal  Fennagh Ballon Myshall      
Clare Ennistymon Lahinch Liscannor Tulla      
Cork Clonakilty Ballincollig Carrigrohane Carrigaline Douglas Ballyhooly Ardnacloghy
Donegal Pettigoe Ardnaglass          
Galway Galway city Gorteennaglogh Derrigimlagh Derryherbert Moylough Letterfrack Ballyconnelly
Kerry Caherdaniel Darrynane Coad Behaghane Brackaharagh    
Kilkenny Bennettsbridge            
Longford Drumlish Rathmore Shanmullagh        
Louth Carlingford            
Offaly Dunkerrin            
Waterford Loskeran            
Westmeath Athlone            

Water Conservation Advice

Making small changes at home, in the garden, on the farm or at work can make a big difference to saving water and protecting our supplies

News Updates

In the East and Midlands Region there are a number of supplies with water restrictions in place.

Athlone 

This includes Athlone where there is difficulty meeting the water demand as levels in the Annagh Reservoir continue to drop, with the water treatment plant working to its limit. This is impacting approximately 8,000 people on the eastern side of the town on an ongoing basis and restrictions be in place again tonight and likely for some of next week unless demand drops substantially.

Laois 

In Laois the Portlaoise water supply and the Derryguile Water Treatment Plant in particular is coming under pressure with a potential impact on approximately 5,000 people. Restrictions are likely to be put in place this week unless the demand for water drops. 
 In the Laois South East Regional Supply – Ballyadams, Crannagh, Ballylinan and Pedigree will experience lower pressures from Sunday lunchtime due to necessary supply restrictions.

Also in Laois  the Swan Water Treatment Plant is on nightly restrictions impacting approximately 1,500 people. Irish Water continue to impose nightly planned water outages from 10 pm to 6 am to allow treated water levels in Wolfhill Reservoir to recover. This water restriction will impact customers in The Swan, Wolfhill, Mayo and Doonane Co. Laois and will remain in place until water levels in the reservoir restore. Four static water tankers are in place throughout the network for public use.  An additional tanker will be available tomorrow morning for supply for farm animals only.

Longford 

In Grandard in Longford the Lough Kinale Water Treatment Plant has decreasing water levels impacting approximately 300 people.  A water standpipe facility providing water for non-domestic users in the Granardkill area is now in place. It will be manned twice daily in the   mornings from 11am to 12pm and evenings 8 pm to 9 pm. It is located beside the bottle bank at rear of Granard Garda Station. This temporary facility is intended for farmers and other business users in the Granardkill area who are impacted by the current water supply difficulty. 

In Portarlington – a number of areas are experiencing intermittent supply and/or low water pressure due to low borehole levels

For domestic water users in the Grandkill area three static water tankers are available all day, these are located adjacent to Grandkill Old Cemetery. The Smear Water Treatment Plant also under pressure and restrictions are in place impacting around 500 people. In Offaly the Dunkerrin Borehole is under pressure with nightly restrictions impacting approximately 150 people.

Other areas the are badly affected include Bennettsbridge, Castlecomer and Innistigue in Kilkenny and the Central Regional supply in Carlow. 

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply 

Read more

Customers in Laois urged to conserve water as demand continues to rise

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Customers in Longford urged to conserve water

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Louth public urged to conserve water as demand continues during the dry weather spell

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply 

Read more

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply 

Read more

Westmeath public urged to conserve water as demand continues to rise

Planned water outages in Kinnegad, Killucan, Rathwire and Raharney from tonight

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply 

Read more

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 beginning this Monday at 10pm 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 July but we will keep the situation under review and may have to extend the period of time the Order is in place.

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 begin on Monday night

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 from 8pm to 8am. This is to conserve water in the raw water reservoirs. Water usage on the island has increased by 40 per cent and reservoir levels are giving cause for very serious concern. Tankering is ongoing to Inis Mór. 

Water consumption on Inis Oirr and Inis Meain has increased by 30 per cent we are urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve water on all of the Aran Islands. Water restrictions on Inis Oirr will continue nightly from 11pm to 7am.

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 urged to conserve water as demand continues to rise

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply

Read more

Donegal customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Galway customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

Demand for water right across Galway continues to increase

  • Increased demand at 10 per cent above normal or more.
  • Water supply schemes across Galway at risk
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

National Water Conservation Order currently in place

  • 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

Water restrictions in parts of Kilkenny as demand for water continues to increase

Irish Water considering all available legal options as last resort to protect water supplies

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Leitrim customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will

Read more

Mayo customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Monaghan customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Roscommon customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Sligo customers urged to continue conserving water in every way possible

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

Wexford public urged to conserve water as demand continues to rise

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

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 lack of rainfall is and will continue to impact on raw water availability and additional small schemes are likely to experience drought over the coming weeks.

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply 

Read more

Urgent appeal to Cork customers to continue conserving water during unprecedented dry spell

Night time restrictions on a number of supplies across Cork

  • Water supply schemes across county at risk
  • Please conserve water where possible
  • Please report any leaks you see on the network

Read more

Water supply continues to be monitered to all customers on the Central Regional Water Supply Scheme

Significant progress has been made refilling the majority of reservoirs

  • Alternative water supplies in place 
  • Pumps slowly refilling reservoirs
  • Please continue to conserve water

Read more

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

Demand for water is outstripping supplies as warm weather continues

  • Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
  • Urgent need to preserve our scarce water resources
  • Every effort you make at home or at work will help

Read more

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply 

Read more

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

Nationwide update on water shortages

  • Weather conditions remain warm and drought is increasing
  • Appeal to the public to report leaks 
  • Demand on water supplies outstripping supply 

Read more

Latest video update by Chartered Engineer and water conservation expert, Kate Gannon

How is Irish Water managing the water supply in your area?

Daily monitoring of all supplies nationwide 

Irish Water’s 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.  

Reduced pressure at night

We reduce pressure at night when water use is at its lowest, meaning  minimum impact on our customers. 

Reconfiguring the network

On larger supplies, we can change the water flows through our pipes to make sure people continue to have a water supply.

More leak detection and repair crews on the ground

Through our national Leakage Reduction Programme, we are reducing the amount of treated water lost through leakage.  We have increased leak detection and repair crews in certain areas to provide emergency support over and above our normal operational crews.

Help get water to everyone on the network 

When demand is high, water can be used up by people along our pipelines before it gets to everyone. During shortages we change how we pump our water so that those on higher ground and on the edges of our networks do not suffer.  

Tanker Water to drought areas

If a supply is so low that we cannot keep producing water, we bring treated water from another area that is less at risk. 

Restrict Water at Night

If the source is very low or demand is extremely high, we will run out of water very quickly so it is sometimes necessary to we restrict water use at night when demand is at it lowest. 

Water Conservation Order

A water conservation order, or hosepipe ban, is only introduced if absolutely necessary to ensure people are only using water for essential purposes. 

We can all help protect our water supply

By being more aware of conserving water and fixing leaks in our homes, we can contribute to building a sustainable water supply for everyone

Water Leaks In The Home

Click here to find out how to check for and repair any leaks in your home 

First Fix Free Scheme

Click here to see if you are elligable for a free leak repair 

Report a Leak

Click here to report a leak you see on the public network

Water Shortages

Droughts happen when there is not enough rain for a long period of time. A short spell of dry weather does not cause drought or shortages.

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