Dublin City Centre and its surrounding suburbs were hit with major water outages today following a burst water main. The incident impacted thousands of customers, and Irish Water has said it is working with Dublin City Council to restore water supply “as quickly as possible.”
The repairs are expected to take some time, with Irish Water stating that they may not be completed until 10 am tomorrow. The company has described the repairs as “complex” due to the location of the pipe and underground services.
Customers in several areas are likely to be impacted by reduced water pressure or water outages. These areas include Dolphins Barn, Harolds Cross, Kilmainham, Fleet Street, Brunswick Street, The Liberties, Gardiner Street, Dorset Street, Drumcondra, Whitehall, Artane, Coolock, Beaumont, Fairview, Raheny, Clontarf, Killester, Home Farm, and surrounding areas.
Irish Water has assured customers that dedicated water services crews are on site working on repairs. Every effort is being made to reduce the impact on homes and businesses and restore normal water supply as quickly as possible. Crews are also reconfiguring the network to maintain customers’ supplies where possible.
Joe O’Reilly from Irish Water added that the repairs are being conducted as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimize disruption to homes and businesses and restore water for all customers. He also acknowledged the inconvenience that unplanned outages can cause and thanked customers for their patience.
Typically, it takes two to three hours following restoration time for water to refill the networks and normal supply to be fully restored. However, given the complexity of the repairs, it may take longer in this case.
Irish Water has urged customers to conserve water where possible during the outage and to check their website and social media channels for updates.
This incident highlights the importance of maintaining water infrastructure to prevent such disruptions. Irish Water has been investing in upgrading and improving the country’s water infrastructure in recent years to ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of water for all customers.
As the repairs continue, it is hoped that normal water supply will be restored as quickly as possible, and that customers will not experience any further disruptions.