Water supply disruption continues


A number of areas throughout the country are continuing to suffer water disruption.

Local authorities in Dublin have provided updated information on their websites today about areas suffering reduced or disrupted supply.

There will be severe reduction in pressure today in the following areas:

Longmile Road to Kimmage including Crumlin and Drimnagh and surrounding areas

From Baggot Sreet bridge to Irishtown into Ballsbridge

From Morehampton/Stillorgan Road to the coast including Ballsbridge, Sandymont and the Merrion Road areas.

From Rialto bridge to Charlemont bridge along the north side of South Circular Road to Kevin Street

The area extending from Collins Barracks to North King Street to Capel Street to the Liffey

Leaks are being repaired in Drumcondra, Howth Road, Shandon Crescent, Chapelizod Road, South Circular Road, Pembroke Road and other areas.

Dublin City Council said the prolonged freeze over Christmas and the early days of January caused a “dramatic increase in broken water mains”.

“The ground will move as its thaws and this will cause further damage and breakages to the water mains, resulting in increased loss of water.”

It asked householders not to use water to wash cars, paths or for any “non-essential” use.

The council also warned householders that bogus callers may be using the current water problems to gain access to houses. It said that a member of Dublin City Council calls to a property they will always carry and produce identification. “If the caller asks you to check the flow of water at the taps, close the door fully while you do so,” the council said.

It also said householders should check outside the house to see if there is a vehicle with Dublin City Council water services markings on it.

In Fingal water pressure will be reduced in all areas in the coming days from 10pm until 6am to allow reservoirs to fill, the local authority said.

Tankers and standpipes will provide emergency water supplies at Howth summit and at the Garristown Inn.

Fingal County Council said the water supply has been restored to the high areas of Balbriggan and Ring Commoms area today and that most homes should have water by mid-morning or lunchtime.

In Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown, the ongoing problem with water supply to the Killiney/Ballinclea area is continuing due to more recent significant bursts of water mains in the area, the local authority said. It said every effort was being made to identify and fix the source of the problem.

Water tankers are in place today at Cuala, Hyde Park Road, Dalkey from 9am to 7pm and in Cluny School, Avondale Road, Killiney from 10am to 4pm.

Local authorities in Wicklow, Meath, Limerick, Westmeath, Clare and Cork are also warning that supplies may be turned off at night and that water tankers are available in some areas.