With no rainfall for the past 40 days, and none forecast for the next 10 days, it will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to replenish water levels in our lakes and rivers. While there has been a reduction in demand in the Greater Dublin area since restrictions were introduced, the usage remains well above normal.
dlr and other local authorities are working with Irish Water with a view to introducing night time restrictions in the Greater Dublin area from Monday night in a bid to protect future supply and avoid widespread outages in the autumn.
For our part, we are conserving water across all services where possible. In particular, our Parks Section is using non-mains, natural water sources – mainly ponds and well water. We have also reduced watering to the essential watering of bedding schemes and vulnerable newly planted trees where required. We have also reduced gully cleaning operations and road sweeping, with the remaining sweepers prioritising town centres.
There are simple things that everyone can do at home and at work as part of the daily routine to conserve water. To find out more, please visit https://www.water.ie/for-home/conservation/conserve-water/ for tips on how you can help.