Thursday 14 December 2017

Dubliners to lose water supply at night because cold snap hit supplies

Dublin City water resevoir at Brewery Road in Stillorgan
Dublin City water resevoir at Brewery Road in Stillorgan

Treacy Hogan

WATER will be cut off to households right across Dublin at night-time from tonight due to serious shortages in reservoirs caused by the cold snap.

The restrictions - from 10pm to either 7am or 9am - start tonight and continue over Easter until at least next Tuesday.

Dublin City Council said the nightly restrictions, involving loss of pressure and possible loss of supply, are needed to replenish treated water levels.

The water rationing affects Dublin city and the suburbs in the council area, but does not affect Fingal, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown or South Dublin areas.

The cuts will be reviewed next Tuesday to see if the restrictions can be lifted.

The council said houses would experience loss of water supplies during the night.

“Some people will see a loss of supply during the night,” the spokesman added.

“We will be reducing pressures throughout the system over the weekend in order to conserve supplies.”

Reduced pressure during night-time “will result in lower pressures and in some cases possible loss of supply”.

“People may notice reductions in pressure or loss of supply throughout the entire city.”

The council apologised for any inconvenience caused by these restrictions and said it would do everything possible to minimise their scale and duration.

“We are asking consumers bear with us while we work to restore the water supply to normal,” a statement added.

The council said the restrictions were being imposed because of unseasonal demand for water, and a production problem at the Roundwood Water Treatement Plant.

“Water demand is currently running at a higher than average due to the unseasonably cold weather which has caused an increase in leakage,” it said.

The council is urging consumers all over the city to conserve water this weekend, to help restore levels in water reservoirs to normal.

 “A review of levels will be conducted again on tuesday next, to determine if our reservoirs are adequately full such that the restrictions can be lifted,” the council said.

Council crews are repairing any breaks to the public mains as they arise.

The council urged members of the public to report any location where they see water rising or running over the ground

They can do use the emergency telephone number 01-6796186 outside office hours.

Coupled with the cold weather, a  production issue at the Roundwood treatment plant involved treating  a harmless algae in water had further reduced water levels.

“It should be stressed that there is no problem with the quality of treated drinking water or with storage levels of untreated/raw water.

“In an effort to maintain storage at a sustainable level, we are asking consumers to help us in restoring adequate water supplies by restricting their use of water as much as possible.

“We are asking people to visit for easy water saving tips”

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