10 August 2018 Go back to News
Irish Water and Kerry County Council deploy divers across the county as conservation efforts continue
Irish Water working with Kerry County Council have been deploying divers at six locations across the county. The divers have been busy gathering various information in relation to water supply assets in lakes which supply drinking water to the county.
Divers were investigating if pipes were suitably positioned during the drought conditions to adequately intake water to be treated and also to examine if any leaks needed to be repaired on site.
They also measured the volume of water available to Irish Water for production which is key for us to plan for the weeks ahead as drought conditions continue. Water levels in the lake have dropped 45 inches since June.
The busy towns of Killarney and Tralee are supplied by Lough Guitane and are dependent on water from the lough especially during the busy tourism season. Divers inspected the inlet pipes to ensure they were appropriately positioned as the new water treatment plant is due to come into affect imminently. This €30M investment will ensure security of supply for the region and improve the quality of water for homes and businesses.
How is Irish Water addressing these issues?
Irish Water and Kerry County Council are working to alleviate pressure on these schemes by fixing leaks throughout the network. Most schemes in the county are experiencing water supply difficulties due to the ongoing drought conditions. We are addressing these issues through a number of measures. These include the exploration of new spring sources, tankering water to supplement supplies where necessary and investment in emergency measures in both networks and treatment plants to improve performance during this challenging drought period.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and putting contingency plans in place should they be needed in the coming weeks. We would also like to acknowledge the work of Kerry County Council crews who are working day and night to manage water supplies across the county during this drought period.
The average person uses 129 litres of water a day
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.
Last week, we 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.
You can report a leak via our webform
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 or farm troughs all help to make a difference. We are also reminding people to report any leaks you see on the public network via our onlines Report a Leak form or by calling our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.
We would like to thank the communities and businesses in Kerry for every effort you are making to reduce you water consumption at this time.
Please continue to conserve water
For more water conservation tips please view our Conservation section.