Irish Water urges the people of Carlow to continue to conserve water as the dry spell continues

Irish Water and Carlow County Council are continuing to monitor all water supplies across the county on a daily basis while this unprecedented dry spell continues. Night time restrictions have been imposed on the Carlow central regional public water supply each evening from 10pm until 6am tonight, Friday July 6th, Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th, and will be reviewed again on Monday 9 July. 

Restrictions are working and reservoir levels are recovering over-night 

These restrictions are working and as a result reservoir levels are recovering over-night this allows Irish Water to supply the vast majority of customers during the day. The areas affected in this region are as follows; Myshall, Fenagh, Garryhill, Newtown, Ballon, Kildavin, Clonegal and surrounding areas. These will continue for the foreseeable future and both Irish Water and Carlow County Council will continue to monitor the schemes carefully. 
The Carlow north regional water supply, which supplies water to Rathvilly, Carlow Town and surrounding areas, is classified as at-risk and customers supplied from this scheme are asked to be especially mindful of their water consumption at this critical time. There is also a severe drought reported in Bilboa where the borehole is dry and an alternative water supply has been provided. 

Please continue to conserve water

We would urge everyone across the county to continue to conserve water as demand for water remains very high.  We would like to thank everyone for their efforts during this challenging time.

The conservation order has been issued due to the continued drought conditions and to help protect water supplies now and over the coming months. Met Éireann has advised that there has been little or no rain over the last 30 days and predictions show no significant rainfall is likely for at least a further week, meaning deepening drought conditions.

Our top priority is to protect our water supply for the coming weeks and months

Our top priority during the current dry period is to protect our water supply for use in homes and businesses in the coming weeks and months. As demand continues to outstrip supply and the warm weather looks set to continue, Irish Water has taken the extra step to use the legal options open to us. Section 56 (16) of the Water Services Act 2007 allows for an effective ‘hosepipe ban’.

The Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will be in place until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July for domestic users and for non-commercial use by commercial bodies. Irish Water will keep the situation under review and may have to extend the period of time the order is in place.

Water Conservation Order

The prohibited use includes water drawn through a hosepipe or similar apparatus for the purpose: 

  • watering a garden
  • cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a domestic hosepipe
  • cleaning a private leisure boat 
  • filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool (except when using hand held containers filled directly from a tap)
  • filling or maintaining a domestic pond (excluding fish ponds)
  •  filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain (with the exception of such use for commercial purposes)
  • filling or replenishing an artificial pond, lake or similar application.

This prohibition will apply from 8am on Friday, 6 July 2018 until midnight 31 July 2018.
The Irish Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes. Working with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes we urge all water users to conserve water during this drought period and over the coming months to protect all water supplies.

Our Corporate Affairs Manager Kate Gannon said “Imposing a national Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) reflects the serious need for water conservation now and over the coming months. It is essential that our water supply resources are conserved to help avoid further restrictions and outages over the coming weeks and months. 

We are really grateful for the measures that people have taken to conserve water so far and we hope that placing a Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will make people more mindful of their responsibilities and the impact their water usage is having on their neighbours and communities.

Irish Water is mindful of the impact that a Water Conservation Order might have on businesses and the tourist industry and for that reason the prohibition is mainly limited to domestic users but does include commercial premises for non-commercial activities e.g. watering gardens attached to a business premises.

The utility continues to be in touch with large commercial users who have committed to conserving water and we are very grateful to them for their efforts. We are also appealing to them to limit all non-essential water use and to avoid using hosepipes or power washers where possible, particularly if it is for cosmetic reasons.”    


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