Communities across North Kildare urged to conserve water

16 June 2023

To help preserve the water supply and pressure for customers in elevated areas of Hawkfield and Pollardstown in Newbridge

Due to the current high demand for water as a result of the ongoing current warm spell, Uisce Éireann is urging communities across North Kildare to conserve water to protect supply and reduce the risk of outages.

Uisce Éireann is appealing to customers in Kilmeague, Roberstown, Prosperous, Blackwood, Allenwood, Derrinturn, Carbury and surrounding areas in particular, to conserve water to help preserve the supply and pressure for customers in elevated areas of Hawkfield and Pollardstown in Newbridge.

High usage can lead to pressure reductions on elevated ground which can impact the supply to customers. Supplies across the county are vulnerable to high demand during the summer-time and Uisce Éireann is thankful to communities and residents across Kildare for their conservation efforts to protect this pressure resource. 

Speaking about conserving water, Uisce Éireann’s Regional Asset Operations Lead, Kevin Love said: “We are appealing to customers to conserve water to give the reservoirs time to replenish. The very dry period continues and with more warm weather on the horizon, supplies will come under further pressure."

We are currently investigating operational solutions to improve the water supply and pressure to customers located in elevated areas of Hawkfield and Pollardstown in Newbridge, especially during periods of high demand. In the interim, any water saved elsewhere in the supply network from conservation efforts and leak repairs will greatly assist in improving the supply to customers.

Kevin added, “While we all continue to enjoy the current warm-spell, it is important that we all consider our water usage and look at simple yet impactful ways to conserve water. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to start, but even small changes can make a significant difference. By turning off the hose and avoiding power washing we can all help ensure there is enough water for everyone as we go through the summer.

For more simple ways to conserve water check out the Uisce Éireann website where our Conservation Calculator can help people work out how much water they are currently saving and how they can conserve even more. 

Uisce Éireann will continue to monitor the levels at all our supplies over the coming weeks and months and take any actions that may be necessary to maintain supplies, including communicating about localised issues as they arise.

Members of the public can report any leaks in the public water network by contacting Uisce Éireann 24/7 at 1800 278 278 or on the Uisce Éireann website.

Uisce Éireann are asking the public to help play their part in protecting essential water supplies for their local communities.

There are a number of easy steps people can take to reduce their water usage during the hot weather, including: 

  • Avoid power washing and keep the garden hose in the shed
  • Check for leaks on outdoor taps or troughs as these can lead to large losses of treated water
  • Remember that paddling pools and swimming pools can use huge volumes of water so try to minimise the amount of water used and consider reusing the water for the garden or cleaning the car.
  • Report any visible leaks on the public network to Uisce Éireann on our website.