Sunday 24 September 2017

Water restrictions lifted in Dublin region

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

WATER restrictions which have affected thousands of businesses and homeowners in Dublin for the past week have been lifted, and no further shut-offs are planned.

Dublin City Council has said production of clean water at its Ballymore Eustace Treatment plant had increased, and more water was being stored overnight, meaning that restrictions could be lifted and will no longer be put in place.

The shut-offs were in place since October 30 last, and affected 1.5 million homeowners and thousands of businesses around Dublin and parts of Kildare and Wicklow.

But the council warned that reduced pressure would be in place in the evenings to allow reservoirs to fill, a practice commonly put in place during the winter months.

“Storage at our treated water reservoirs is currently below the level it would normally be at this time of year,” it said in a statement.

“We will be keeping reduced water pressure in place in the evenings over the coming weeks, to gain additional treated water storage. This is normal practice at this time of year. This will enable us to plan ahead for the high demand Christmas season, and to cater for the difficulties that the onset of extremely cold weather at this time of year can bring.”

It added that homeowners and businesses should not be impacted by the reduced pressure, and that all water users should have normal service.

City engineer Michael Phillips said that production and storage levels would continue to be monitored on an ongoing basis, and urged people to reduce consumption.

“We strongly urge consumers all over the Dublin Region to help conserve water by restricting their use of water during the day as much as possible,” he said.

“By making very small adjustments to some of our daily activities, we can help to significantly reduce the volume of water we use without impacting on our lifestyle. I would encourage everyone to visit www.taptips.ie which provides easy to follow and valuable tips on how to conserve water.”

If customers reduced consumption, it would reduce the likelihood of further restrictions being imposed, he added.

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