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Sunday 21 October 2018

Save water or more restrictions imminent, Dubliners warned

Water has been reduced to a trickle in some places. Stock image
Water has been reduced to a trickle in some places. Stock image

Irish Water has warned that more outages are imminent in parts of Dublin if customers do not conserve water.

The utility company confirmed last night that it is temporarily lifting water restrictions that have hit Skerries and surrounding areas for the past five days.

This is due to improved levels in the Thomastown Reservoir.

However, some residents will experience night-time supply restrictions from tonight.

"In order to avoid widespread water outages it is likely that reduced night-time restrictions will be placed on the supply from Tuesday to Thursday from 10pm to 6am nightly.

"Irish Water, together with Fingal County Council, are urging those customers who do have full supply in Skerries and surrounding areas to continue conserving water for the foreseeable future."

Customers in the Loughshinny and Skerries Road, Rush areas are also being urged to conserve water.

Tanks

"In the past 18 months we've had 20 outages lasting around half-a-day to the full day," said local resident Karen Power.

"We've also had five 'significant' outages lasting for several days."

Areas affected over the weekend included Barnageeragh, Skerries Rock, Hamilton Hill, Townparks, Newtown Parks, St Patrick's Close, Kelly's bay, Greenhills, Millview, Hillside Gardens, Moan View, Hoar Park and parts of Downside.

While many in the Skerries area have the option to fill their tanks between 6am and 10am, residents such as Ms Power living in elevated estates such as Barnageeragh Cove have no access to running water at all.

Local councillor Tom O'Leary said he has been in contact with Irish water about the situation and has been told there are two solutions.

The first would be to find another water supply, and the second would be to insert extra pumps in the area to help take water to elevated areas.

While the main priority of Irish Water was to keep supplies operational, Loughshinny had outages yesterday due to a burst pipe.

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