People urged to use water wisely as heatwave continues

Leroy Wright
July 4, 2018

Irish Water has said it is working with local authorities to do "everything possible to conserve water availability, examining how we can make further inroads into leakage by mobilizing extra crews and seeking maximum public cooperation in saving water".

Irish authorities have imposed a ban on watering lawns and gardens in the Dublin area as a country famous for its rain-soaked green landscape experiences a rare drought.

"We know how tempting it is to fill the paddling pool up, or get the sprinkler going, but to put things into perspective, a sprinkler can use as much as 1,000 litres of drinking water in just one hour".

There is no end in sight for the restrictions on these schemes, with Irish Water saying they will continue "for the foreseeable future".

Water suppliers then face fresh concern that water reserves could dry up, meaning they'll then struggle to ensure each household is getting such an increased supply.

According to the Irish Independent, Irish Water is also due to decide tomorrow if they'll take a tough stance on enforcing the water conservation order.

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Northern Ireland has also issued a hosepipe ban, which began yesterday evening.

"Where an area is assessed and needs cleansed a decision will be made balancing the operational need with the need to be mindful of conserving water".

It added that it would "take many weeks and even months for raw water levels to be restored in rivers, lakes and boreholes and for treated water levels to be restored in its storage reservoirs". "Wider water restrictions may become unavoidable if the demand does not drop towards normal levels".

NI Water reiterated that loss of waters for households is a "completely avoidable situation" and a water shortage is a possibility if wastage continues.

Southern Water, which supplies water to parts of Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said it was asking customers to help "keep taps flowing across our region".

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