Saturday 16 December 2017

Dublin water restrictions extended to 12 hours per night

WATER rationing periods for thousands of households and businesses are being extended to 12 hours a night.

Restrictions in the Dublin city area will begin at 7pm tonight and continue until 7am on Monday morning, to be repeated until at least Tuesday.

A statement from Dublin city council said it had conducted an analysis of the water levels at the Stillorgan Reservoir following three nights of water restrictions.

“Despite the current restrictions and with some additional capacity gained as a result, water levels still remain below a normal and sustainable level,” it said.

After outlining the extension of the rationing period to 12 hours per night the statement added: “This should assist us in endeavouring to replenish treated drinking water levels to a normal level.

“A further review of water levels will be conducted again on Tuesday next, to determine if Stillorgan Reservoir is back to a sustainable level such that the current restrictions can be lifted.

“Engineers will be monitoring reservoir levels today to see if rationing and works to plug leaks have led to improvements.”

An algae outbreak at Roundwood water treatment plant is coupled with "unsustainably low" water levels. Much of this is because unseasonably cold weather has caused leaks, resulting in city-wide supply restrictions, which have affected homes and businesses.

Some residents have complained they had little or no water, due to loss or pressure despite the end of the rationing period at 7am.

Restaurant owners and other businesses have also hit out at restrictions over a busy bank holiday weekend.

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