14 September 2018 Go back to News
Customers in Cork urged to continue to conserve water as supplies remain under pressure
Water Conservation Order remains in place across Cork
Water supplies remain under pressure in several parts of County Cork following the historically dry summer. While recent rainfall has helped to replenish some surface water sources, the soil moisture deficit following the prolonged dry spell means that it will take longer for groundwater supplies to return to sustainable levels.
For that reason it is important that people throughout the county continue their efforts to conserve water so that water sources can recover and further restrictions on supply can be avoided.
In the Cork city area, from Ovens and Ballincollig in the west to Little Island and Cobh in the east, and from Blarney and Tower in the north to Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline and Crosshaven in the south, water supplies are being maintained from the three water treatment plants at Inniscarra, Lee Road and Glashaboy. However, water levels in Inniscarra lake remain at historically low levels. Water from this reservoir supplies large areas to the south of Cork city and the Harbour area. We are working together with Cork City and County Councils, are managing the supplies to ensure maximum availability of drinking water. While there is no immediate risk to these supplies, the lack of significant rainfall has continued into September and we are therefore appealing to the public to do what they can to reduce water use.
In North Cork, water levels in the Newmarket Regional Supply remain extremely low. Areas affected include Newmarket, Kanturk, Tullylease, Kilbrin, Meelin and Boherbue. Night time restrictions are continuing in some of these areas in an effort to reduce demand and ensure there is adequate supply for customers during the day. Notifications of restrictions are published on the Irish Water website.
Please continue to conserve water
Irish Water and Cork County Council are working together to find and fix leaks, manage existing supplies, and identify and investigate alternative sources.You can report a leak online via our Report a Leak form or by calling us on 1850 278 278. However, as this area is served by groundwater sources which have become very depleted following the dry summer it will take some time before a normal supply can be restored. As well as the Newmarket Regional Supply, we are also appealing to customers served by the Charleville water supply scheme, in Charleville, Buttevant and Newtownshandrum to continue water conservation efforts.
In West Cork, we are continuing to manage water supplies affected by drought however there are no restrictions in place at present. We are monitoring sources and are working with our team of engineering experts, hydrogeologists and Cork County Council to manage supplies in areas where levels remain low. In particular, we would ask customers in Clonakilty, Rosscarbery, Timoleague, Courtmacsherry, Coppeen, Bantry and Kealkill to continue their water conservation efforts.
Water Conservation Order
We would also like to remind customers that the Water Conservation Order remains in place across Cork until September 30, at which time it will be reviewed again.
Water Conservation Advice
Again, we would like to thank customers for their efforts to date to conserve water and remind them that, despite recent rainfall, it will take some time for water sources to return to normal. For simple, everyday, ideas on how to conserve water at home, at work and on the farm, please visit our Conserve Water page. Making small changes can make a big difference to saving water during this prolonged dry spell.