Reserves are now being brought into use as a result of dry weather over recent months

The water supply system for Cork City and surrounding areas has been designed with significant strategic reserves. As a result of the extended period of dry weather over recent months, these reserves are now being brought into use.

Water supplies are at risk of being severely depleted

The water treatment plants at Inniscarra, Lee Road and Glashaboy continue to serve the city area and remain at normal production levels. However, in the absence of significant rainfall over the Lee catchment during the autumn months, these water supplies are at risk of being severely depleted.

Neil Smyth, Irish Water’s Operations Lead for Cork, commented: “Our priority is to maintain normal supply and to do everything possible to prevent interruptions. As part of these efforts, we are appealing to households and businesses in Cork to do everything they can to conserve water and reduce demand as much as possible at this critical time.”

Measures on the supply side are being examined and implemented

We continue to liaise with ESB, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Cork County Council and Cork City Council to monitor flows and water levels to help conserve water and to minimise impacts on the River Lee system.

Together with Cork County Council and Cork City Council, We have have been taking steps to ensure drinking water supplies are maintained and network losses are addressed. Further measures on the supply side are being examined and implemented to ensure raw water availability is maximised and the use of treated water is minimised.

Any measures taken to reduce consumption, no matter how small, will help in terms of replenishing water supplies. Simple steps like taking a short shower instead of a bath, turning off taps and fixing leaks in outside taps all help to make a difference.

Report a leak

Please can continue to play your part to reduce demand by conserving water at home and in your business, and reporting any leaks you see in the public network via our online Report a Leak form or by calling 1850 278 278.

Conserve Water

For more water conservation tips please visit our Conservation section. 

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