More water restrictions for Kildare after 40 days of no rain

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More water restrictions for Kildare after 40 days of no rain
23:51 Thursday 12th of July 2018

Irish Water has confirmed that there will be further water restrictions for the Greater Dublin Area from Monday night.

Water will be turned down to a trickle in some areas of Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare.

The details of the areas to be affected are due to be confirmed tomorrow.

It comes as there has been no significant rainfall for 40 days and none is forecast for at least ten more days.

Irish Water said it is examining water supply across counties Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Kildare to see which areas will be least impacted by reducing water pressure.

Speaking on RTÉ’s 6.1 News, Kate Gannon, Corporate Affairs Manager at Irish Water said it plans to reduce water pressure between midnight and 5am from Monday night in certain areas due to the continuing shortages.

Ms Gannon said the aim is to maximise water that can be conserved, while minimising the impact on customers.

At present there are 25 zones across the country under restrictions and 100 schemes at risk of restrictions, she said.

Ms Gannon said that even if it rains heavily for two weeks supplies will still be short.

She said there has been a reduction in demand since restrictions were introduced and she thanked people for their efforts. She also said work to fix leaks is continuing, with 37 per cent of the system across greater Dublin affected.

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