Wednesday 16 January 2019

No sign of water restriction lifting

Water restrictions in Skerries show no sign of lifting in the near future and Irish Water are continuing to ask residents of the town to conserve water.

Restrictions in water supply have been in place in the town since last Thursday and are set to continue for the 'foreseeable future', according to Irish Water.

The water restrictions have hit most parts of the town but have particularly affected newer estates at Barnageerah Cove and Hamilton Hill.

According to Irish Water, the water supply restrictions in much of Skerries are being lifted for a period each morning from 6am to 10am to allow tanks in homes and businesses to fill.

That was borne out by residents on the Dublin Road and at Kelly's Bay who spoke to the Fingal Independent. However, in the case of Kelly's Bay, a local resident said that neighbours on higher floors are suffering a much more restrictive water supply than those in ground floor flats.

The easing of restrictions in the morning means little to residents of Hamilton Hill and Barngeeragh Cove, who in many cases, have no water supply at all for several days now.

The daughter of Cllr Tom O'Leary (FG) lives in Barnageerah Cove and Cllr O'Leary said she returned from a holiday in the last couple of days to find her taps had run dry.

Cllr O'Leary said that in these new estates, water interruptions have been an issue for a number of months but this latest throttle back of water supply have left the estates quite literally, high and dry.

A number of residents in Hamilton Hill have been forced to move out of the development temporarily after being left without any running water for several days.

Cllr O'Leary suggested it may be necessary to take the unusual move of establishing a temporary water reservoir in the Barnageerah area. He is calling for a meeting of Irish Water, Fingal County Council engineers and local councillors to discuss a long-term solution to water supply interruptions in the Skerries area.

In the meantime, the drought will continue for affected residents in the area.

Fingal Independent