Council warns restrictions to last at least until end of week
Dublin City Council last night admitted it would begin restricting water supply from 7pm to 7am until at least Friday because of widespread shortages partly caused by people leaving their taps running.
Demand for water in the capital has increased to 575 million litres a day. The city's treatment plants can only produce 560 million litres.
More than a dozen local authorities have already issued pleas to the public to conserve water supplies across the country. Supplies have already been cut off to people living in Galway, Cork, Donegal, Wicklow, Kerry, Leitrim, Limerick, Roscommon, Wexford and Westmeath.
Dublin City Council said there would be a reduction in water pressure across the entire city last night to help conserve supplies but that localised issues might arise.
"The restrictions will be mostly in the form of a reduction in water pressure," a spokesman said.
"We also expect the ground thawing out will cause damage to the water mains network, but it's impossible to predict the extent of it. People may experience localised supply issues."
Dublin city engineer Michael Phillips said supply had been restricted from last night, with people living on higher ground the first to lose water.
He said people living in Dublin city, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin areas will all be affected over the coming days.
However, he stressed that each home had between 12 and 24 hours of drinking water in their tanks, and urged people not to start stockpiling water.
"Water reductions over the next three nights will be necessary. When the cold spell was forecast, we increased production so the reservoirs around the city were full of treated water. Because our reservoirs are being depleted, we have divided the city into zones and we will be reducing water in those zones to ensure a continuous water supply into the future.
"We would ask people not to start filling up baths. People have 12-24 hour storage in their tanks and they will not be without water for longer periods than that.
"We are in full control of the system and the water will be returned to them. We would ask people to behave responsibly."
He said that prior notice of the cut-offs could not have been given because it was an emergency situation.
"If we gave notice for 48 hours, we would lose water," he added.
Affected areas ...
- Cavan: supplies okay but warnings that supply to individual homes may be frozen.
- Cork: Situation still critical throughout west Cork and supplies are being cut off from 10pm to 8am in parts of Bantry, Ballylickey, Snave, Gurteen, Rooska and Gortacloona.
- Donegal: Water cut off to Ballybofey and Stranorlar, Tievebrack, Ballinacor, Gleneely, Castlefin, Lifford, Ballyholey, Liscooley, Bunbeg/Derrybeg and Burtonport from 10pm to 8am.
- Dublin: Widespread restrictions.
- Dun Laoghaire Rathdown: Glenamuck Road, Ballyedmonduff, Glencullen.
- Fingal: Baldoyle Industrial Estate.
- Galway: Rosmuc, Carna, Kilkieran, south Galway City, Tonabrucky, Moycullen, Furrymelia.
- Kerry: Glens North, Inch, Moyvane, Tarbert.
- Leitrim: Water supplies are critical, and parts of northern Leitrim are cut off.
- Limerick: Caher, parts of Abbeyfeale, Mountcollins, Athea, Caherconlish/Pallasgreen. City supplies not restricted.
- Longford: may be forced to restrict supply.
- Roscommon: problems in Ardmullan and Lisphelim area due to an ESB transformer failure. Problems in Ballyleague also.
- South Dublin: pressure to be reduced across the county.
- Westmeath: problems with leaks across the county.
- Wexford: Gorey, Enniscorthy and Kilmuckridge.
- Wicklow: Arklow, Kilpedder, Kilcoole (including Woodstock) and Kilquade cut off at night time.