Irish Water appeal to Dubliners to check for leaks and conserve water

by Rachel Darcy

Irish Water and Local Authorities in the Greater Dublin Area are asking homes and businesses to check for leaks and to conserve water where possible.

The request is being made to reduce a demand for drinking water in the area, with Irish Water saying there has been an increase in demand over the Christmas period.

Both local authorities and Irish Water are asking Dubliners to conserve water, whilst adhering to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding Covid-19.

In a statement, Irish Water said: “Following freezing temperatures and the subsequent thaw the public water network has experienced a higher than normal volume of bursts. I

“rish Water in partnership with our Local Authority partners are working to repair these bursts as quickly as possible in line with Covid-19 protocols in order to ensure continuity of supply.

“While these essential repairs are underway across the GDA we are asking customers to check for leaks, be mindful of their water use and to only use what they need.”

Tom Cuddy, Head of Operations, Irish Water, said: “Irish Water working with the Local Authorities are currently addressing bursts across the network but we are also appealing to homes, businesses and those responsible for unoccupied buildings to check for leaks whilst adhering to current public health regulations and advice, and to turn off water where it’s not needed.

“We ask that they check outside pipes in particular that can become frozen and burst during periods of cold weather and report leaks they see on the public network to us.

“We are also asking the public to conserve water where possible and to only use what they need whilst continuing to adhere to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding COVID-19.

“We have seen demand creeping up in recent weeks, spiking over the past few days. Safe, clean, treated water is not in unlimited supply and we all have to play a part in conserving it for essential use.”

For tips on how to conserve water in your home or business, visit  https://www.water.ie/conservation/. To report a leak please contact Irish Water on 1850 278 278.

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