Irish water restrictions spark concern over Halloween bonfires

Oct. 31, 2013

SALLINS, Ireland — Widespread water restrictions due to a production problem at a treatment plant will put strain on local fire services this Halloween.

SALLINS, Ireland — The Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association (IFESA) is concerned about the hundreds of bonfires expected to be lit in Dublin for Halloween, according to an article on

Severe water restrictions introduced throughout Dublin and in some parts of Wicklow and Kildare, due to a production problem at the Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant, will be in place nightly from 8pm to 7am until Monday, the article reported.

According to the article, Halloween night is one of the busiest periods for IFESA because of the many large bonfires.

"We know that a lot of bonfire material is stored and often lit in disused houses, flats and industrial units, so the fire hazards are increased considerably this time of year," said John Kidd, IFESA national chairman.  "There are currently only two firefighting tankers in the Dublin city and county fire service and management have not learned the lessons from previous water crisis in the city and county. We clearly need investment in tankers to create a bigger water reserve to deal with situations like the current one," said Mr. Kidd.

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