Irish Water prepares crisis management response to big freeze

State authorities prepare to respond to anticipated severe cold weather this week

Leinster Express Reporter


Leinster Express Reporter


Weather Alert: Bitter cold Siberian weather with snow could engulf Ireland in coming days

Weather Alert: Bitter cold Siberian weather with snow will engulf Ireland in the coming days.

Irish Water has mobilised its Crisis Management arrangements to deal with damage to supplies caused by the expected severe weather nationwide.

Severe weather can result in big demand increases due to additional pipe bursts and additional water use.

In particular, Irish Water is advising that the water supply to the Greater Dublin Area is running at full capacity at the moment, with some operational issues impacting production.

In order to avoid the need for restrictions, households and businesses are urgently asked to conserve water, refrain from leaving taps running and to report any visible leaks.

Unattended premises should be checked for possible burst pipes caused by freezing temperature.

Minister Eoghan Murphy will convene the National Emergency Co-ordination Group for Severe Weather following advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM).

The meeting takes place at 10.30am on Monday 26th February.

Met Éireann is forecasting a severe spell of cold weather this week and has advised that exceptionally cold weather will occur this week.

Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts. Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas on Tuesday, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek, with significant and disruptive accumulations.

Met Éireann will be issuing snow/ice warnings during the week using its colour coded system of Yellow, Orange and Red,  the public are encouraged to monitor these and take appropriate action.

People are advised to consult for advice on preparing for and dealing with extremely cold conditions and snow.