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The hosepipe ban just got serious. A warning has been issued regarding the water supply in greater Dublin area.

Irish Water has upped its attempt to conserve water as they caution usage.

“"We've about 70 days of usable water left,” said head of Irish Water, Jerry Grant.

That calculated number of days is in accordance with Dublin’s population of 1.6 million people.

Despite recent showers, there has been significantly less rainfall when compared to the previous three years.

According to Met Éireann, when averaged together, the last three years have seen 165 mm of rainfall recorded during the months of May, June, and July.

This year there was only 63.9 mm across the summer months, showing a significant water shortage problem.

"About the 10th or 12th of May, we had 150 days storage in Poulaphouca [Reservoir]. It's an enormous resource of water and it saves the city year in, year out.

“We used 80 days of that storage in 83 days. In other words, almost nothing was contributed to the storage in that period,” the head of Irish Water explained.

The hosepipe ban and water restrictions remain in place around the country.

It has also been reported that Ireland is the worst performer in western Europe for pipe leakage from water main pipes. It showed a measurement of 49% leakage across the country.

As a result, a leakage reduction project is underway in Hospital Co. Limerick.

The greater Dublin area has been urged to continue to conserve water as often as possible.

Check out these everyday steps one can take to save water around the house on Water.ie.



Following the national hosepipe ban which came into effect on Friday, the Irish Independent reports that Irish Water has said it will take a number of days to gauge any difference it may have made. 

Irish water has said they expect the nationwide hosepipe ban will have improved improve water conservation, but that it was too soon to tell exactly how much at this point.

The national ban was due to remain in place until the end of July, but reports are saying that this could be extended further, depending on the amount of rain due to fall in the coming weeks. 

A high-level meeting of senior management will take place today to discuss if further restrictions are required with more updates expected this afternoon, according to Independent.ie. 

Irish Water said it is looking at the issue on a "day-to-day" basis with demand still at a critical level with high temperatures set to continue.

A national ban on using hosepipes for watering gardens, washing cars or filling paddling pools or ponds will help conserve the supplies we currently have.

Legally Irish water can introduce the ban under section 56 (16) of the Water Services Act 2007.


Anyone found ignoring the regulation could face a €125 fine. While most have complied with it so far, the utility reports around 40 complaints have been made so far of those not complying with it. 

Irish water has said they are "really grateful" to those that have complied with the ban so far and urged people to continue to do so. 



A status yellow weather warning for high temperatures remains in place by Met Éireann until this evening.

The current weather predictions are dry and sunny, with top temperatures of 26 to 28 degrees.

The warmer weather has also brought water restrictions, and Irish Water have announced a hosepipe ban in the Greater Dublin area.

The measures will come into effect on Monday and will last until July 31st.

Irish Water has taken the extra step to use the legal options as demand for water continues to rise in the Greater Dublin area.

They issued the ban under section 56 (16) of the Water Services Act 2007.

The ban means using a hosepipe for watering a garden, cleaning a private motor-vehicle, cleaning a private leisure boat, filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool, (with exception of filling them using hand-held containers directly from a tap), is forbidden. 

In addition, it is banned to fill or maintain a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds), an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes) and use of water for filling or replenishing an artificial pond (excluding fish ponds), lake or similar application, using a hosepipe.

It is understood that Irish Water can extend the ban if they deem it necessary.  

Speaking about the legal move, Corporate Affairs Manager and water conservation expert, Kate Gannon, said:

“Imposing a Water Conservation Order is a measure that Irish Water now consider appropriate. It is essential that our water supply resources are conserved if we are to avoid restrictions and outages over the coming weeks and months.”

Reportedly, those who are found to be ignoring the ban could be charged a €125 fine.

Ms Gannon acknowledged the efforts being made by the public and businesses to conserve water.

"Irish Water’s priority is to minimise the impact on homes and businesses, particularly during this period of holidays and high tourism. Local authority crews supported by contractor resources are working to maximise water availability through managing pressures to the minimum which avoids loss of supply. This work will continue and intensify in the months ahead," she added.

Irish Water has rolled out a comprehensive guide on how to efficiently reduce your daily water use. 

Northern Ireland has also issued a hosepipe ban, which began yesterday evening.

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