Saturday 24 March 2018

Irish Water: Restrictions may be put in place if people do not conserve water

66,000 people have already had their water levels restricted due to the weather

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Irish Water has revealed 66,000 people have had their water levels restricted due to the once in generation storm that wreaked havoc across the country this week.

The State utility company also warned further restrictions could be put in place in the coming days if people do not conserve water.

Speaking after a National Emergency Coordination Group meeting, Irish Water head of operations Catherine Walsh said confirmed the high demand on service was in part caused by people running taps to stop pipes freezing.

In a statement this afternoon, Irish Water said 10,000 people are without water and an additional 66,000 have restricted supply due low levels in reservoirs. Some 3,000 people have been affected by storm related boil water notices.

“Irish Water is appealing to customers all across the country to conserve water at this time. Increasing demand coupled with weather related bursts and leaks has resulted in our water treatment plants running at capacity which could lead to water restrictions in the coming week,” an Irish Water spokesperson said.

“Irish Water is especially appealing to anyone with an outside tap to ensure that it is securely turned off. A constant flow from an external tap over 24 hours is the equivalent of the usage of 40 households in the same period.

“As weather conditions improve, our crews have been mobilised where it is safe to do so to make the necessary repairs at plants and to fix bursts,” she added.

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