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Water coming back on in Dublin - but three nights of restrictions to go

The water shortage is not believed to have affected emergency services last night on what is usually one of the busiest nights of the year for call-outs.

THE WATER SUPPLY is returning to normal in the greater Dublin area this morning following the second night of restrictions by local authorities.

Despite warnings in advance, the water shortage is not believed to have affected emergency services last night on what is usually one of the busiest nights of the year for call-outs. However businesses have strongly criticised the length and the timing of the restrictions.

Dublin City Council has said that the situation will be reviewed daily but that restrictions will remain in place until at least Monday. The Council said engineers are ‘working around the clock’ to identify the cause of the problem and to mitigate the effects.

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(Pic: @CamdenKitchen/Twitter)

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said that the communication of the problem “could have been handled better”.

He said the problem was one that engineers have not “seen or experienced before” and that while “everything possible” is being done, he could not guarantee that the restrictions will be lifted by next Monday.

The water restriction lasts from 8 o’clock at night until 7 o’clock in the morning, but Dublin City Council has warned that it takes some time for water to return to all areas, depending on their location.

Local authorities have stressed that there is no problem with the quality of drinking water but advised that water may appear cloudy or white due to air in the water supply.

Popular Dublin restaurant Camden Kitchen tweeted a photograph (above) showing the colour of tap water just before the water supply was switched off.

Dublin City Council, which has been giving information on behalf of the four local authorities involved said the serious production problem at the Ballymore Eustace water treatment plant is ongoing.

Were you affected by the water restrictions? Talk about it in the comments.

Hogan: Communication of water restrictions could have been handled better >

Council: Water will take time to come back – and may look cloudy >

Read: Water restrictions cause outrage in the greater Dublin area >

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