Tuesday 22 May 2018

Irish Water due to give update on water restrictions this morning

  • Water restrictions in place
  • Usage rockets due to increased consumption and leaks
  • Irish Water due to update customers this morning
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Kevin Doyle and Independent.ie Newsdesk

Widespread water rationing is now a possibility as the thaw sets in across the country.

Irish Water has already limited night-time supplies to a number of parts of the country.

And its chief executive Jerry Grant has warned that this could be increased dramatically in the coming days.

Water usage in Dublin rocketed by 60 million litres in the past 24 hours due to an mixture of increased consumption and leaks.

"It'll be difficult to maintain that," Mr Grant said.

In Wexford, there are restrictions in Wexford Town from 7pm.

In Mayo, Louisburgh water supply will be restricted due to excessive demand from 11pm to 7am.

In Galway, night time restrictions apply in Carraroe while there is 'intermittent supply' in Tir an Fhia.

In Donegal, the threat that a number of schemes face having night-time restrictions has been lifted,

Around 12,5000 customers in East Meath also face disruption due to what irish Water call "critically low levels" in the Carnes and Balloy reservoirs.

Laois has also been affected, with restrictions in place from 6pm to the Swan, Newtown Doonane and Crettyyard areas from 6pm Sunday.

And large parts of Longford, including Newtownforbes, Clondra, Granard Town, Ballinamuck and Drumlish, will face restrictions from 99pm tonight until 8am tomorrow.

From 8pm tonight, customers in Brosna will be without water until Monday morning.

The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) held a lengthy meeting today at which a series of fresh snow-related problems emerged.

It will be far from 'business as usual' tomorrow although most schools and businesses are expected to reopen.

Commuters are being asked to avoid the M7 which still has only one lane open near Naas.

And business owners are being urged to stagger opening times in a bid to avoid normal rush hour traffic volumes.

Chairman of he NECG, Sean Hogan, said: "Where possible we are asking people to use public transport."

He said the M7 between junctions 8-10 "poses significant challenges".

Many communities in the south east, particularly in Wexford, are likely to remain cut off from main roads for days.

Massive snow drifts are also creating problems in parts of Kildare, Wicklow and Waterford.

And Met Eireann are now "quite worried" that a thick fog will descend tonight, making conditions even more difficult for emergency teams on the ground.

Temperatures are gradually rising though and the thaw will continue, with little frost predicted tonight.

Some concerns remain about the potential for flooding and people are asked to stay away from coastal areas at high tide.

More to follow

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