Friday 20 April 2018

Adrian Cummins: What sort of message do visitors get when we can't even provide them with fresh water on tap?

Padraic Og Gallagher proprietor of Boxty House, Temple Bar Dublin, prepares for a night without water.
Padraic Og Gallagher proprietor of Boxty House, Temple Bar Dublin, prepares for a night without water.

One of the basic requirements for any city is an adequate water supply. Come rain, snow or sunshine, over the past four years – and almost on cue every six months – water shortages in Dublin have put tremendous pressure on businesses, in particular those in the restaurant and hospitality sector.

To run a restaurant you need water – to cook, to clean and to provide to your customers. It's simple – it's not rocket science. Our words of warning have fallen on deaf ears every time this issue has arisen and unfortunately the powers that be don't listen to the logical approach from the restaurant industry.

The announcement late on Tuesday evening of nightly water restrictions by all four Dublin local authorities sent shockwaves again through our industry. The restrictions were to be implemented from 8pm to 7am for a minimum of five nights and possibly beyond.

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