Irish Water is urging people in Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford to continue to conserve water as drought conditions are still presenting challenging conditions for many water supply zones in the south east region.

In Kilkenny, restrictions remain in place on the Bennettsbridge supply which supplies Bennetsbridge, Kells, Dunamaggin, Stoneyford, Knocktopher and Ballyhale.
Last week, Irish Water drilled a new trial borehole and carried out yield tests. Results of these tests will be known in the coming days. The utility are currently carrying out sampling of the supply while it goes through the process of bringing the supply into production to supplement the existing sources.

Other areas in Kilkenny that are at risk from the present drought conditions include parts of Kilkenny City, Clogh-Castlecomer, Graignamanagh and Inistioge. Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council are monitoring these supplies but no restrictions are currently in place.

In Clogh/Castlecomer Irish Water have engaged a hydrogeologist to carry out survey to identify potential borehole locations and we hope to drill a trial borehole in the next few weeks. 

There are currently no water restrictions in place in Carlow, however Irish Water and Carlow County Council are monitoring a number of supplies across the county that have been identified as being at risk of drought, including Raheenleigh, Hacketstown, Borris, Rathvilly.

In Wexford, Askamore is the only area in drought however supply is not affected as Irish Water, working in conjunction with Wexford and Wicklow County Councils are supplementing from the Tinahely scheme. Irish Water will continue to monitor all schemes in the county but currently there is no supply disruption.

Irish Water would like to acknowledge the work of Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny County Council crews who are working with us to manage water supplies across these counties during this drought period.

While recent rainfall has led to a slight recovery in water levels in surface water sources (rivers and streams), it will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to fully replenish raw water levels in rivers, lakes and groundwater sources and treated drinking water levels in our storage reservoirs. In the meantime we all have a role to play in conserving water. Simple steps like taking a short shower instead of a bath, turning off taps and fixing leaks in outside taps or farm troughs all help to make a difference. We are also reminding people to report any leaks they see in the public network by calling 1850 278 278 or on our report a leak page.

Irish Water this week launched a public information campaign on the importance of continuing to conserve water. The average person uses 129 litres of water a day. However, new research shows that over 50% of those surveyed under-estimate average daily personal water usage by half.

Any measures taken to reduce consumption, no matter how small, will help in terms of replenishing water supplies.

We would like to thank the communities and businesses in these areas for every effort they are making to reduce their water consumption at this time.

For more water conservation tips please visit our conservation section.

Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford

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