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Dublin: 9°C Wednesday 27 January 2021

Restaurants, hotels and pubs wait to find out effects of water restrictions

Dublin City Council shut off water supplies at 8pm tonight, and will shut them off every night until at least Monday.

Image: Water and tap via Shutterstock

HOTELS, PUBS AND restaurants around Dublin will know by tomorrow morning how they are coping with the water restrictions in the capital.

While many of the larger businesses have water tanks capable of storing enough water to hold them over for a few days, others are not sure how they will be affected by the water shortages, which kicked in at 8pm tonight.

Some are adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach to the issue.

With the Web Summit bringing thousands of extra people to the capital, the manager of San Lorenzo restaurant on George’s St said it was a bad time to be shutting off the water supply.

He said that their main concern was if the water supply to the toilets becomes affected, as if it is then they would have to close their doors due to health and safety concerns.

He described DCC’s decision as “incredibly short sighted”, particularly given the Web Summit and the fact the weekend is on its way so restaurants will be busier than normal. “It’s ridiculous,” he said.

At Izakaya restaurant on George’s St, the staff said it was ‘business as usual’.

At the Central Hotel on Exchequer St, the manager, Indra, said that they “don’t know how much it is going to affect us” and noted that the hotel is currently full. “We will have to wait and see,” he said.

At the Maldron Hotel on Cardiff Lane, food and beverage manager Ian Finnan said that they are anticipating “very few issues”. “We have extremely large water holding facilities to allow for this or any other water emergency. We can hold up to five days’ worth of stock,” he said.

However, he acknowledged that for other food and beverage-related businesses, such as restaurants, that don’t have the space for large water tanks, “it would be extremely damaging” and could affect their ability to trade.

“We are quite lucky,” he said, adding that the water shortage is a “very serious issue” and “very embarrassing” for DCC and the city as a whole.

Earlier today, the Irish Restaurant Association was critical about the shortage. Adrian Cummins, its chief executive, said that the restrictions are “going to seriously affect business” in Dublin. He called for the restrictions to be implemented later in the evening, from 9.30pm or later.

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