Wicklow included 12 hour water restrictions

Wicklow is among four counties included in water restrictions by Irish water.

There has been an increase of 10% water usage between Friday and Sunday.

Irish Water is working as part of the National Emergency Committee (NEC) and in partnership with local authorities around the country to minimise the risk to customers and to restore full supply.

In the Greater Dublin Area Irish Water saw an increase of over 10% in demand from Friday to Sunday. Despite having our plants working at peak output, storage of water in the reservoirs was significantly depleted. Demand is continuing to rise and our reservoir levels continue to drop. There is not enough water in our reservoirs to meet the current levels of demand.

As a result, Irish Water will reduce water pressure in Dublin, parts of Wicklow, Kildare and Meath from 7pm tonight, Monday 5 March to 7am Tuesday 6 March when supply will begin to return to normal levels. This is essential to allow our reservoirs to refill as repairs to bursts and leaks are underway.

Irish Water are asking people to conserve water by taking some simple actions:

  • taking shorter showers, 4 minutes or less as an average shower uses 10 litres of water per minute
  • turning off the tap when brushing your teeth as a running tap can use up to six litres of water per minute.
  • keeping a jug of water in the fridge as waiting for a tap to run cold water to drink can waste more than 10 litres of water in a day.
  • reducing use of dishwashers and washing machines, only using when full.

Any visible leaks should be reported to Irish Water on 1850 278 278.

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