Water supplies cut due to shortages in Dublin and Cork

Unfortunate timing as the Irish government’s budget details are revealed, but as RTÉ reports

Councils in the capital are making cuts to overnight supply for at least the next three nights.

Fingal County Council has cut water supply from 7pm until 7am tomorrow.

Dublin City Council has cut water supply during the same period – from 7pm to 7am.

South Dublin saw cuts to supply or loss of pressure at 8pm until 6am.

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown has cut water supply in many areas from 7pm to 7am.

Cork County Council says the water situation remains critical throughout west Cork and has requested householders to eliminate leaks as demand continues to exceed supply. Water was off in the Bantry area overnight.

Kerry County Council has again appealed to householders not to run taps overnight as water levels have dropped significantly in the past week. Demand is said to have increased by 20% since the cold spell began.

Update  From today’s Irish Times report

City manager John Tierney has assured Dubliners that water tanks in every home or business will have sufficient quantity to cover the amount of water needed when water will be restricted.

“We acknowledge and appreciate the high level of co-operation and assistance already received from consumers. With their continued support it will be possible to limit the level of restrictions.”

However, he said supplies would only be maintained if householders didn’t leave taps running during the cold weather or hoard water in baths.

Water restrictions in the city began last night and are planned to continue for the next two nights, the city manager said, with cuts to the supply running into buildings in some parts of the city and reductions in pressure in others.

However, senior engineer with South Dublin County Council Dermot Finch said the restrictions in his area could continue for weeks. “We’ll be turning off the water every night for the foreseeable future until such time as the reservoirs recover. If the residents don’t run the taps unnecessarily and don’t fill baths, we hope the the restrictions will end by Christmas.”

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  • amused from afar

    They’re either trying to beat you into submission or, conversely, trying to provoke an insurrection to get better terms from the IMF and ECB. Who would believe a *shortage of water* in Ireland?

  • Mack

    Oddly our water (South Dublin County Council) still running fine, we did recieve a text from them saying it would be disconnected..

  • Ranger1640

    Don’t worry people of the Irish republic, Sinn Fein are on there way to work their own brand of community magic. This is all that is needed to save Ireland form the Irish.

  • Pete Baker

    Mack

    Let us know how long it stays on for!

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Dublin runs out of water.
    Time for our European partners to sell us some…..at very inflated prices…..then tell us how to drink it.

  • Alias

    You’re not far wrong there, Fitz. Privatisation of water supply is EU policy and EU law. Billions of Irish taxpayers money have been squandered on complying with the EU’s Water Framework Directive and the consequence of that mis-government by the EU of our water supply is that the wettest country in the EU runs out of water….

  • joeCanuck

    Privatisation of water supply is EU policy and EU law

    Alias,
    I never knew that and it gobsmacks me. Are there other such laws removing State control of what should be essential public services?

  • Alias

    Joe, read the posts from the late and lamented ‘Dave’ on this thread for an explanation of how it works and what it costs:

    “Complying with these stringent EU regulations has already added an estimated £110+ billion onto the cost of water supply in the UK, and 95% of all water bodies in England and Wales still fail the standard set out in the EU’s Directive. Indeed, wait until they tell the NI farmers what it means for them – and then the fun will really begin. In East Anglia, for example, more half the farmland will have to be converted from productive arable crops to growing grass by 2015 in order to keep the nitrate content in the local water supply within the EU’s Directive limits and thereby avoid whopping great fines from the European Court.”

    http://sluggerotoole.com/2009/07/01/the-executive-appears-to-be-paralysed-on-this-issue/

  • Mack

    Alias you seem to have swung leftwards recently..

  • malairt

    Alias – privatisation of water is not EU policy or law and never has been. The EU has formulating safer standards for both drinking water and waste water which while it means substantial expenditure it does not mean that governments have to sell off the water assets.

    If it were, NI Water and Scottish Water would have to be privatised: neither of which looks likely in the short term.

    It’s sad for Ireland that it never spent the money required to bring its assets up to the standard required of a modern society, not helped by having each county retaining control over its own water infrastructure. NI Water had a hard enough time extracting money from the NIO and Stormont as a united entity: imagine that task multiplied by 26 and it’s not surprising that Ireland is in such a shambles.

  • Pete Baker

    Update From today’s Irish Times report

    City manager John Tierney has assured Dubliners that water tanks in every home or business will have sufficient quantity to cover the amount of water needed when water will be restricted.

    “We acknowledge and appreciate the high level of co-operation and assistance already received from consumers. With their continued support it will be possible to limit the level of restrictions.”

    However, he said supplies would only be maintained if householders didn’t leave taps running during the cold weather or hoard water in baths.

    Water restrictions in the city began last night and are planned to continue for the next two nights, the city manager said, with cuts to the supply running into buildings in some parts of the city and reductions in pressure in others.

    However, senior engineer with South Dublin County Council Dermot Finch said the restrictions in his area could continue for weeks. “We’ll be turning off the water every night for the foreseeable future until such time as the reservoirs recover. If the residents don’t run the taps unnecessarily and don’t fill baths, we hope the the restrictions will end by Christmas.”

  • Mack

    Pete –

    AFAIK water was available all night in my part of South Dublin County Council.

  • George

    Alias,
    if you think water is free and plentiful, why don’t you simply collect it in buckets in your back garden?

    Ireland may have access to water but that doesn’t mean it has a plentiful supply of drinking water. Why else is the Dubin area looking to tap into the Shannon?

    Also, Ireland has had to spend so much on water infrastructure because of the previous level of pollution in Irish rivers and seas due to poorly installed septic tanks, criminal farmers, intensive farming, leaking pipes, urban sewage etc.

    Ireland has been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century in this matter and the improvements are beginning to be seen. Dublin bay is at its cleanest in 170 years. There are even seals there these days.

    However, there is a long way to go.

    Almost every German knows a dripping tap wastes 7,000 litres of water a year, which is why you’ll never see one in a German household, while an uncomfortably large percentage of Irish people seem to think it perfectly reasonable to let their taps run all night to prevent freezing pipes rather than investing in insulation.

    You can’t blame the EU for this one.