The following notice was received from Louth County Council:-

Night time water restrictions to be placed on water supply to Clogherhead and Termonfeckin from 11pm to 6am as demand for water continues to increase

Issued 28 June 2018 – Demand for water right across Louth is increasing and as a result Irish Water, working in partnership with Louth County Council, will be imposing night time restrictions on the Clogherhead and Termonfeckin areas from 11pm to 6am for the foreseeable future.

The Clogherhead network is supplied from the Drogheda network and when demand in Drogheda increases this has the effect of reducing flow into the Clogherhead network. Also, the demand on the Clogherhead water supply  has increased significantly in recent days.

The reduced flow into the network coupled with the increased demand has resulted in water leaving the Clogherhead reservoir at Castlecoohill at a faster rate than it can be replenished.

Irish Water is appealing to the public right across the country, to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

Commenting on the ongoing situation, Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon said

“We are very grateful to the public and to businesses for all efforts to conserve water. Every small measure has a positive impact. We were very encouraged for example to see Dublin Bus commit to only washing their fleet every three days instead of every day. Several other businesses who are large water users have confirmed to us that are implementing water conservation measures and we are very thankful to them for their contribution.”

“Where restrictions are necessary we are endeavouring to do them at times that will have the minimal impact on homes and businesses. Irish Water have been liaising with farming representative groups to provide what practical support we can. Lowering the water pressure in Dublin is designed to save water without causing disruption to customers.”

“We have a long way to go. If the drought is prolonged, water restrictions would become unavoidable if demand does not continue to drop. Irish Water are appealing to the public to be continue to be mindful of their water usage. Every effort someone makes in their home or business impacts their neighbour and community. Irish Water have lots of tips for conserving water in the home, garden and business on water.ie.”

“Irish Water are also currently assessing all legal options open to us and how they could be implemented. Our first priority is to work with customers and support them as they conserve water but we will have to use legal measures if necessary.”

“The situation remains critical and we are continuing to seek the public’s help. Every effort the public make to conserve water will help to minimise risk of supply loss to them and their community.”

 

Irish Water wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”