Tuesday 12 December 2017

No let-up in water supply crisis

Large parts of country still suffering shortages and capital's levels critical

Paul Melia

DUBLIN City Council has warned that water supplies remain at "critical" levels with large parts of the city still without supply.

Despite council engineers working for the past week fixing ruptured mains, thousands of households across the city are still forced to draw their water from tankers with water pressure low across the capital.

Large parts of the country are still experiencing shortages.

New Ross in Wexford has no supply at night. The situation is the same in Mullingar and Athlone in Co Westmeath; while Ballon, Ballintrane and Ballykealy in Carlow will have no supply this morning or tomorrow from 9am to 4pm.

There are also restrictions in Co Clare, with water shut off at night-time in Sixmilebridge, Ennistymon, Lahinch, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Scarriff, Shannon and parts of Ennis town.

Galway County Council said it was still detecting leaks across the county.

But the capital is worst affected, with all four local authorities saying thousands of homes are still without a supply.

Yesterday, Dublin City Council said that Ringsend, Killester, Harold's Cross and Smithfield had no supply while reduced pressure would affect people living in Crumlin and Dublin 4.

"Due to the severe shortage of water please do not use water to wash cars, paths or any non-essential use," it said. "Your actions in reducing your consumption of water will help to improve and restore the supply of water to Dublin."


Fingal County Council warned that while water supply should be back in all areas during the daytime, homes on high ground and in some rural areas may have low pressure first thing in the morning.

This is because the council is shutting off supply overnight to allow reservoirs to refill. It warned it would have to continue to restrict supply at night.

Tallaght, Walkinstown, Rathfarnham and Clondalkin had no supply yesterday; and South Dublin County Council said repairs were being carried out in all areas as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said supplies were affected in the areas of Glenageary, Sallynoggin and Mount Merrion Avenue.

Irish Independent

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