News Storm Emma

Sunday 26 May 2019

Water restrictions 'likely to continue' as more than 23,000 still without supply

Irish Water had urged the public not to run taps
Irish Water had urged the public not to run taps
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

More than 23,000 people are without water and an extra 39,000 have restricted supply following Storm Emma, Irish Water has confirmed.

The utility firm said that water pressure will be reduced across the Dublin network from 8pm tonight until 6am on Thursday morning in a bid to preserve supply, a decision they said "was not taken lightly but we needed to ensure the city continued to function."

They also said that restrictions are likely to be in place for the next few days.

Irish Water said that the extreme cold during Storm Emma damaged their water treatment plants and caused pipes to burst, they said their pipes were more vulnerable to damage as many are old and in poor condition.

Irish Water said in a statement on their website today that the decision to reduce water supply is a necessary one.

"Irish Water, working with the local authorities is attempting to minimise the impact of these restrictions by confining them to night time hours where possible.

"On Monday 5 March, the demand for drinking water across Dublin outstripped the supply by 28 mega litres which is the equivalent of the daily usage of Cork City.

"Irish Water had to act to protect homes and businesses in Dublin and avoid widespread outages in the capital. The decision to reduce pressure across the Dublin network for a 12 hour period was one that was not taken lightly but we needed to ensure the city continued to function," they explained.

They said three major bursts in Dublin - in the North Docklands, Infirmary Road and Skerries - have been repaired.

46,000 people in Donegal have their normal supply back, other major repairs have also taken place in counties including Kerry, Westmeath, Laois and Longford.

12,250 consumers in Tipperary, 4,000 people in Galway, another 4,000 in Waterford and 2,800 in Leitrim have no water.

Supply is also restricted in Leitrim, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Mayo and Meath - which Irish Water said is set to continue.

Saying: "Irish Water recognises that many of our water customers continue to face severe impacts from water interruption or restrictions, where customers only have water at certain times. These are likely to continue for a number of days."

They also stressed that those under the Fethard Public Water Supply Scheme in Tipperary should not drink their supply after a kerosene spill but they said they are working with Tipperary County Council to resolve the issue.

They said that water tankers have been deployed to help people in affected areas.

Irish Water said that supplying water to hospitals is the priority and they urged the public to conserve water when possible.

Some of their tips for preserving water include taking shorter showers, turning off your tap when brushing your teeth and only using devices like dishwashers and washing machines when they're full.

  • Irish Water's customer care helpline is available 24/7 on 1850 278 278 for people to report outages

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