Important Water Supply Update 2nd November 2013 – Water Restrictions will remain in place until at least Thursday 7th November

Dublin City Council, on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities, is advising consumers in the entire Dublin region that the current water restrictions will remain in place each evening, from tonight until at least Thursday 7th November, from 8.00pm each evening, to 7.00am the following morning.

Customers should be aware that unlike some other utilities like ESB, water distribution systems cannot be operated and managed to the point where the exact locations and precise times at which the effects of pressure alterations (both incressase and decreases ) will be experienced, however we do make every effort to ensure that the times and area affected are limited.

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We are reviewing the water supply situation on a daily basis and a decision will be taken when appropriate, to change the current level of restrictions. We wish to once again urge consumers all over the Dublin region to conserve water, in an effort to assist us in restoring levels in our treated water reservoirs to normal.

It should be stressed that there is no problem with the quality of treated drinking water or with storage levels of untreated/raw water.

An analysis of the current situation carried out at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant, has shown a stabilisation in production at the Plant. However, despite this stabilisation, production at the Plant is still at a level well below that required to meet demand. Coupled with this, storage levels at our treated water reservoirs remain at an unsustainably low level.

A series of tests currently being conducted at Ballymore Eustace involves adjusting the various inputs to the treatment process, with the objective of identifying what caused the slowdown in production and how to resolve the issue. Dublin City Council Engineers and our Central Laboratory Technicians continue to work 24 hours a day, to identify the cause of the problem and to mitigate the effects. As previously stated, it may take some time to completely resolve the issue.

We are asking people to visit www.taptips.ie for easy water saving tips. While we will make every effort possible to maintain pressures during peak demand periods, pressures will be reduced during the times indicated above. This will result in lower pressures and loss of supply across the entire Dublin region.

The four Dublin Local Authorities apologise for any inconvenience caused by these restrictions and will do everything possible to minimise their scale and duration. We are asking consumers bear with us while we work to restore the water supply to normal. The Dublin Local Authorities greatly appreciate the efforts people and businesses are making to conserve water.

Water is precious. Let’s conserve it.                             

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.

Some 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 – 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.
For more useful tips on how to save water please visit www.taptips.ie
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