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Water pressure to stay low for weeks

WATER pressure in the greater Dublin area will continue to remain low for several weeks despite last night's lifting of water restrictions by the four Dublin local authorities.

Dublin City Engineer Michael Phillips has explained that levels of treated water are still below normal levels so pressure will remain low.

And he has urged all householders to conserve water wherever possible, particularly in periods of high demand like over Christmas or in the event of very cold weather.

"Over the next number of weeks pressure will be reduced," he said.

The nightly restrictions on supplies between 8pm and 7am were lifted last night as production at the Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant improved sufficiently.


Mr Phillips described it as "an acceptable level" of supply.

He warned, however, that treated water supplies in the storage tanks were still "a little below normal level" and asked people to curtail their water usage where possible.

He said if every householder saved one litre of water per day that would save in excess of one million litres a day, easing pressure on supplies.

Restrictions have been in place since October 30 because of an issue at Ballymore Eustace in the water treatment tanks where silt was floating to the surface and clogging up the treatment process.

The City Council on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities has thanked customers across the entire Dublin region for their patience.