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Council issues water-saving tips ahead of Dublin night restrictions

The council said restrictions will be in place until at least next Monday.

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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has issued a number of tips for water conservation ahead of nightly restrictions that will begin from 8pm this evening across all Dublin areas.

The reason for the restrictions is a serious production problem at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant which has caused a significant reduction in water production since last weekend. Restrictions across the four Dublin local authority areas will be in place until at least next Monday but the council said it will issue daily updates.

The council also stressed that there is no problem with the quality of treated drinking water or with storage levels of untreated or raw water.

In an effort to maintain storage of treated water at a sustainable level, the council has asked consumers to restrict their use of water as much as possible.

With that in mind, they issued the following water-saving tips:

  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap – running a tap for one minute to produce one cold glass of water wastes 6 litres of water;
  • Don’t delay in the shower – 10 minutes in a power-shower uses 250 litres of water – two-and-a-half times more than a bath does (100 litres);
  • Turn the tap off for two minutes while brushing your teeth – it will save 12 litres of water;
  • Turn the dishwasher and washing machine on only when they have a full load;
  • Minimise use of the flush on toilets and if using a dual flush system, use buttons 1 (small flush) and 2 (large flush) correctly.

The four local authorities have apologised for any inconvenience caused and said they will do everything possible to minimise the scale and duration of the restrictions.

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