Night-time water cut-offs to affect Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and parts of Meath next week
Water restrictions will be introduced across Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and parts of Meath next week.
Irish Water will tomorrow outline a series of planned night-time cut-offs which could impact on tens of thousands of households, but which it insists are needed to conserve water and allow supplies return to normal levels.
Restrictions are already in place across 14 counties, affecting 30 drinking water schemes.
But the decision to introduce restrictions across 800 so-called water supply zones in Dublin highlighted the extent of the shortage, it said.
“They’ve (engineers) been monitoring the ongoing situation. It’s because of the trend and the fact that the weather is not changing, the rain is not coming. Something else has to be done,” a source said.
Irish Water introduced hosepipe bans nationally earlier this month and urged the public to conserve water during the prolonged dry spell across the country.
The latest data shows demand across the Greater Dublin Area, which includes Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and parts of Meath, stands at 568 million litres a day.
The system is capable of producing 610 million litres, and current demand is above ‘normal’ usage for this time of year.