Irish Water

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Hosepipe ban was yet another a short-term initiative when a long-term plan is urgently required. Photograph: Tom Honan

As more than 3,000 water experts from around the world met in Stockholm last week for World Water Week, Ireland’s water utility announced that a hosep(...)

Dublin’s water supply remains ‘on a knife-edge’. This year, Ireland may have received a taste of things to come. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Something is seriously wrong when one per cent of households use one-quarter of all the potable and expensive drinking water that is produced. That is(...)

The CSO data shows that in 2016, 37% of total water use was accounted for by just 10% of households. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Domestic water consumption has dropped significantly following efforts to fix household leaks, new data of metered households shows. Figures released(...)

Cooling off near Killiney Beach during the heatwave earlier this summer. Below-average rainfall levels have been forecast for August and September. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin is experiencing its worst drought since records began in 1850, and scientists at Maynooth University are warning that “we are potentially far f(...)

Irish Water corporate affairs manager Kate Gannon said conserving water was ‘a new conversation’ for many people.

COLIN GLEESON More than 50 per cent of people underestimate average daily personal water usage by half, according to a survey commissioned by Irish W(...)

“The Minister has requested Ervia to prepare a plan for separation which ensures that momentum is not lost.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has urged the semi-State utility company Ervia to prepare a plan for the separation of its Irish Water division in a way that does not (...)

Options open to Irish Water, should the crisis continue, include extending  restrictions beyond the current Level Two measure in place. Photograph: Frank Miller

With “very little rain forecast” for the forecastable future, Irish Water met with the State’s emergency management planners to discuss whether furthe(...)

Low water level at Blessington Lake. The effect of this extended dry spell are already being felt, particularly in Dublin where supply in some areas has been restricted to little more than a trickle from 10pm to 5am. Photograph: Tom Honan

It has taken a parched country for politicians in Leinster House to wake up to the precarious state of Ireland’s water resources. After one of the lon(...)

Low water levels at Blessington Lake. Photograph: Tom Honan

The days when water charges and the management of Ireland’s deteriorating water infrastructure were the most lethally combustible political issue for (...)

Night-time reductions in the water supply were introduced in the greater Dublin area last night. Photograph: iStock

Politicians from all parties have indicated cautious acceptance for the Government’s decision to separate Irish Water from its parent company Ervia so(...)

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