Saturday 19 January 2019

Irish Water to return full supply to parts of Dublin this weekend but many restrictions in place 'until foreseeable future'

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Sasha Brady and Luke Byrne

Irish Water said good progress is being made to ensure parts of Dublin have full supply this weekend ahead of major sporting and concert events, however many restrictions remain in place "until the foreseeable future".

Eamon Gallen, general manager of Irish Water said that repair and emergency services have been working hard to repair damage to pipes caused by Storm Emma last week.

Mr Gallen told RTE's Morning Ireland that Irish Water is working to restore full service around Croke Park, the 3Arena and the Aviva Stadium to facilitate the events taking place across the venues this weekend, including Ireland's Six Nations clash against Scotland on Saturday.

A full service is expected to return to Dublin before St Patrick's Day next weekend.

Mr Gallen said restricted supply in Dublin is due to a combination of storm damage, leaks and an algae problem in the Vartry resevoir.

A statement from Irish Water published yesterday said that the shortfall of 60 million litres of water, between production at plants and consumption by customers on Monday, was reversing.

However, the demand of 589 million litres per day across the region remains high despite the impact of restrictions which have been applied.

The company has called on users to preserve water and said restrictions were necessary to protect homes and businesses in Dublin and avoid widespread outages.

'Boil water' notices in eight areas across Co Waterford were also lifted yesterday.

ESB Networks said it had safely restored electricity to almost all of the remaining homes, farms and businesses that lost power during Storm Emma, with the last remaining pockets of customers restored on Monday afternoon.

A spokesperson said: "We are really grateful for the help and patience shown by all who lost power over the last few days."

Roads across the country which had become impassable during the storm with snow and ice have also been cleared.

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