People living in the Greater Dublin area are being urged to conserve water as the recent cold spell has led to a surge in demand.
Irish Water is working to repair bursts throughout the network following a spike in use in the past few days.
After the recent cold snap, freezing & thawing of pipes has caused higher than usual bursts on the network. We're working with Local Authorities to fix these in line with Covid-19 protocols. You can help by checking for leaks & only using what you need. https://t.co/lLovhXOwgd.
— Irish Water (@IrishWater) January 12, 2021
While these essential repairs are underway people are being advised to check for leaks and to only use what they need.
Speaking about the current water supply situation in the GDA, 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.”