Irish Water is temporarily lifting water restrictions in Skerries and surrounding areas following previous programme of restrictions which has resulted in improved reservoir levels.
However, it is likely that it will be necessary to carry out further reduced night-time restrictions on the supply from Tuesday night to avoid widespread water outages for the area.
The easing of restrictions has been made possible because the of the positive impact on the reservoir levels through the restrictions over recent days and the conservation efforts of those members of the community who did have water.
Irish Water together with Fingal County Council are urging those customers who do have full supply in Skerries and surrounding areas to continue conserving water for the foreseeable future due to increased demand and to help maintain water levels in the Thomastown Reservoir.
Customers in the Loughshinny and Skerries Road, Rush areas are also being urged to conserve water.
In order to avoid widespread water outages it is likely that reduced night-time restrictions will be placed on the supply from Tuesday 12 June to Thursday 14 June from 10pm to 6am nightly, and will be subject to ongoing review of water levels in the reservoir.
Irish Water together with Fingal County Council are hopeful that if water conservation measures are implemented in homes and businesses the restrictions may be lifted for the weekend.
During the water restriction periods the majority of homes and businesses will still have a flow of water to their properties however low water pressure may be experienced.
There are a number of properties, those located on the extremities of the network or on higher ground may lose water supply during the restrictions.
The following locations supplied with water from the Thomastown Reservoir are likely to be impacted by the restrictions again on Tuesday June 12 from 10pm:
- Hamilton hill
- Town Parks Newtown Parks
- St Patricks close
- Kellys bay
- Skerries Rock
- parts of Downside
- Hillside Gardens
- Mourne View and Hoar Park
Alternative Water Supplies will be provided at the following locations on an ongoing basis:
At Newtown Parks near Dublin Road Junction
At Newtown Parks near Selskar Court Junction
At Skerries Point Shopping Centre near Eurospar
At Kellys Bay Promenade
At Millers Lane
At Hillside Estate
Irish Water has a number of tips to help customers conserve water including:
- Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes
- Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water
- Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving
- Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
- Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills
- Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water
- Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety