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Night time water restrictions in Greater Dublin Area 'likely to begin early next week'

Initial restriction could be midnight to 5am but that is still to be confirmed.

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Updated Jul 12th 2018, 8:41 PM

IRISH WATER HAS warned that water restrictions in the Greater Dublin Area are “likely to begin early next week”.

The water utility said night time water restrictions may be needed to avoid widespread outages in the autumn and that a final decision is expected tomorrow.

A national hosepipe ban remains in place and Irish Water says there are already over 20 schemes across the country on restrictions.

A spokesperson for Irish Water told TheJournal.ie that, “The times have yet to be determined but the initial restriction could be midnight to 5am but that is still to be confirmed.”

In a statement released this afternoon, the utility said: “Irish Water and the local authorities are working through over 800 district meter areas to establish where water supplies can be restricted and for how long while minimizing the impact to homes and businesses.”

Irish Water Engineer and Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon said, “Introducing restrictions was an option that Irish Water hoped could be avoided because of the inevitable impact on homes and businesses.

We are monitoring the situation, but the weather is not changing, the rain is not coming. Something else has to be done to protect water supply and avoid widespread outages in the autumn.

“A final decision will be taken tomorrow when more detail will be issued regarding the timings and the affected areas.”

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy said there is an urgent need for water conservation.

He said the overriding concern would be for the future availability of drinking water.

The crisis is not over, it’s far from over, although there will be rain this weekend it won’t be anywhere close to what we need.

He said we need three weeks of rain to restore cuurent supplies.

He added that if we don’t see enough rain by August, daytime water restrictions could need to be put in place.

It’s not just for July and August we need to plan but for September and October also.

However he added that water consumption has stabilised and he thanked the public for their cooperation.

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