Dublin City Council has said there will be restrictions on water supplies in the region again tonight.

It said that there will be a phased return to a normal service, beginning tomorrow.

However, there will be reduced water pressure for several days.

The council introduced water restrictions eight days ago.

In a statement today, the council said the reduced pressure regime will end when full production is restored at the Roundwood Water Treatment plant.

Elsewhere, Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has confirmed that the water charges will come into effect from 1 January 2014.

Speaking on RTÉ's News at One the minister said the date had been set by the Troika and the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure.

He said that it was not up to him to change the date, even if he wanted to.

Minister Hogan said: "there are very few Ministers or politicians in this country that wouldn't like to see some respite for people in a difficult time."