Water supply to 20,000 homes curbed


RESTRICTED water supplies to 20,000 homes and business premises in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area will continue today. The problem is due to operational difficulties at Roundwood reservoir in Co Wicklow.

Other areas of Dublin have pressure restriction as a result of the water shortage, which is due to cleaning of filter beds in the reservoir's treatment works. The beds have been clogged by a heavy growth in algae.

A spokesman for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said homes and businesses in Sandycove, Killiney Dalkey, Cabinteely, Deansgrange, Sallynoggin, Shankill and Rathmichael had low pressure or no water supply yesterday. He said water supplies to those areas might be affected again between 3 p.m. today and 7 a.m. tomorrow if conditions did not improve. The council has supplied 12 water tankers to distribute emergency supplies to householders.

A spokeswoman for Dublin Corporation, which maintains the Roundwood reservoir, said water supplies were expected to return to normal tomorrow. She, said the growth of algae did not pose a health risk to consumers. The Roundwood reservoir supplies 18 million gallons of water each day to south county Dublin and Dublin city.