Due to the cooperation of our customers we managed to save a significant amount of water into storage again last night. However we will again impose water restrictions tonight (Wednesday 3rd April), starting at 9pm. We will continue to review and monitor the storage levels on an ongoing basis.
Treated water storage is currently at an unsustainably low level. This is as a result of production problems at one of our water treatment plants. There is obviously no problem with storage levels of untreated/raw water and there is no problem with water quality of treated water. Storage levels of treated drinking water are below a normal operational level.
In addition water demand is currently running higher than average due to the cold weather which has caused an increase in leakage. Our crews are repairing any breaks as they arise. To help us in this regard we would ask people to report any location where they see water rising or running.
In an effort to maintain storage we are asking consumers to assist us in maintaining adequate water supplies by restricting their use of water as much as possible.
We strongly urge consumers all over the Dublin Region to help conserve water by restricting their use of water during the day as much as possible, especially over the coming days. Small adjustments to some of our daily activities can help to significantly reduce the volume of water we use without impacting on our lifestyle.
Easy Water Saving Tips include:
- Keeping 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;
- Not delaying in the shower – 10 minutes in a power-shower uses 250 litres of water which is two-and-a-half times more than a bath does (100 litres);
- Turning the tap off for two minutes while brushing your teeth will save 12 litres of water;
- Turn the dishwasher and washing machine on only when they have a full load;
- Minimising use of the flush on toilets and if using a dual flush system, use buttons 1 (small flush) and 2 (large flush) correctly.
We are asking people to visit www.taptips.ie for easy water saving tips.
We will be reducing pressures throughout the system in order to conserve supplies. While we will try, as far as possible, to maintain pressures during peak demand periods, pressures will be reduced at other times. This will result in lower pressures and in some cases possible loss of supply. People may notice reductions in pressure or loss of supply from 9pm to between 7am and 9am throughout the entire city.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused and will do everything possible to minimise the scale and duration of the restrictions. We wish to thank consumers for their cooperation so far and are asking consumers to continue with their water conservation efforts and to bear with us while we work to restore the water supply to normal.