THE hospitality sector is not the only one to be left high and dry by the water restrictions – as families now face enormous difficulties in completing simple, everyday tasks.
Emma Leahy, from Blessington, Co Wicklow, has two small children, and the water supply problem has caused her great difficulty in the home.
Mother to Hannah (3) and infant son AJ, she explained the nightmare that she now faces in the coming days as she attempts to do "day-to-day stuff".
Like most parents, Emma has several hours of housework to complete in the evenings after her children are put to bed – just when the water is turned off.
"The day-to-day stuff like showers and laundry all get done in this house from 8.30pm onwards, as the kids only go to bed at 8pm.
"So once 8pm rolls on it's a shower for me, two loads of laundry, one dishwasher load, bottles washed, sterilised and filled up for the morning."
Husband Dan is a chef in a popular local restaurant, so when he arrives home shortly after 10pm, he needs the water to have a shower, and uniforms need to be washed.
Emma's nine-week-old son AJ is due to be christened this weekend, and the family are planning on hosting the party at home – however, the restrictions mean the preparation is "an absolute nightmare".
"Family are coming from Waterford, Cork and Donegal, all to stay with us. And more family from Dublin are staying in a B&B.
"Between the food preparation and the extra laundry and showers required by guests, this weekend is going to be an absolute nightmare.
"It's hard to believe they want to charge us for this service. I would be happier paying towards getting a water system that was reliable rather then the installation of water meters."