Monday 20 November 2017

Water restrictions in Dublin to end by this Thursday

Water rationing is expected to continue
Water rationing is expected to continue

WATER restrictions in Dublin and surrounding counties should be lifted by Thursday, Environment Minister Phil Hogan said this afternoon.

Engineers from Dublin City Council were confident that the problem which has left 1. 5 million people with severe restrictions at night time would be sorted in the coming days.

Production at the Ballymore Eustace plant in Kildare had increased from 201 million litres a day to 250 million litres, but was still 50 million litres short to meet demand.

However, engineers and experts from the UK were confident the problem had been identified, he said following a tour of the plant.

"They demonstrated the ongoing work taking place to identify a resolution to the problem that has caused a water shortage," he said.

"It seems the chemicals and characteristics of the water supply were not sufficient to deal with the impurities that would be in the water. The quality wasn't correct.

"I hope they are in a position to lift restrictions this week but they are being cautious. There's a confidence that these solutions being deployed will be successful.

"If progress continues, we can be confident about Thursday but the engineers are being cautious."

Mr Hogan also said that water tankers had been employed for businesses - particularly those in the restaurant and hospital sector - where requested.

But demand had been "low".

"Water tankers are in place  where they are required and requested but the number of calls to Dublin City Council has been very low.

"This is a very difficult problem for the restaurant and hotel business in particular. This was unforeseen, it happened out of the blue.

"I hope we can live with the restrictions that can be put there until Thursday."

By Paul Melia

Online Editors

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