Bennettsbridge again set for night-time water restrictions

Further restrictions may be necessary over the coming days and weeks

Sam Matthews

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Irish Water is asking customers to conserve water at this time and to use only what is completely necessary

Night-time water restrictions are to return to Bennettsbridge from today until Thursday, due to high water demand in the area and the discovery of a number of leaks.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kilkenny County Council, are advising customers that the Bennettsbridge water supply scheme in Kilkenny will be placed on night time restrictions from 10pm until 6am from Tuesday until Thursday.

Water demand in the area continues to be high. Irish Water says there have also been some significant leaks found by crews on the ground, and repair works are prioritised.

"These leaks further highlight the size and scale of the challenge faced by Irish Water due to decades of underinvestment. As a result of the repair works, supply must be restricted at the above times," said a statement.

Irish Water emphasises the need to conserve water at this time to ensure adequate supply is maintained during daytime hours to homes and businesses. The main areas affected are those that are supplied by the Rathduff reservoir, which are, Bennettsbridge, Danesfort, Sevenhouses, Annamult, Kells, Dunnamaggin, Ennisnag, Dungarvan, Tullaherin, Rathduff and surrounding areas.

The fresh restrictions are bound to cause some frustration in an area which was plagued by this issue last year. A new trial well was later drilled to add to the supply available, and work took place to upgrade the water treatment plant. However, it appears some issues are persisting.

"The supply will be turned back on each morning at 6am with most customers seeing full restoration within a couple of hours," says Operations Lead with Irish Water, James O'Toole.

"Supply restoration on higher ground or at the extremities of the network may take longer. This action is being taken to ensure that the maximum quantity of raw water from the source is available to supply the area and that this supply can be safeguarded. The timing of this restriction is designed to minimise the impact on customers."

Irish Water is asking customers to conserve water at this time and to use only what is completely necessary. Irish Water and Kilkenny County council are actively working to fix leaks in the network which allow the reservoir at Rathduff to replenish.

However, further restrictions may be necessary over the coming days and weeks in order to manage water levels in the network and ensure a water supply is maintained during high demand times.