25 June 2018 Go back to News
Irish Water appeals to the public to conserve water as prolonged dry spell increases pressure on water supplies
Increased demand and extreme weather conditions causing levels in rivers and lakes to drop significantly
Irish Water is appealing to the public to conserve water as a prolonged dry spell has been predicted by Met Éireann. In several areas around the country where water supplies were already under pressure, warm weather has exacerbated this situation.
Demand for water is increasing while levels in rivers and lakes are dropping significantly which means that is there is less water available to treat and supply to homes and businesses. This year has seen extended dry spells and Met Éireann has compared this to 1976 when drought conditions were experienced across the country.
Irish Water’s Drought Management Team are monitoring water supplies and demand around the country on a daily basis.
Demand has risen to concerning levels
Already some areas in Athlone, Kilkenny and north Dublin have experienced outages and restrictions while areas in Donegal and Mullingar have been identified as being at risk.
In the Greater Dublin Area, where Irish Water can sustainably produce 610 mega litres of water per day, demand has risen to concerning levels. In the summer of 2017, an average of 565 mega litres of water per day was used. However, last Friday in the Greater Dublin Area 602 mega litres of water was used which is very close to the limit of sustainable production.
This is a very serious situation...every effort the public make to conserve water will benefit them and their community.
Kate Gannon, Corporate Affairs Manager
Commenting on the ongoing situation our Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon, said “If demand does not decrease we will start to see homes and businesses on the edge of the network in the Greater Dublin Area experience shortages, as happened in Skerries in recent weeks. The longer this continues, the more people will be at risk of shortages and outages.”
National Leakage Reduction Programme
Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme has teams on the ground now but we also need the public’s support to reduce their water usage. The top three measures that people can take are not using a hose to water the garden or wash cars; keeping paddling pools very shallow if they are being used; and taking short showers rather than baths.
Our Drought Management Team are monitoring the situation daily across the country but if everyone can take these simple steps, it will help us to manage supply and demand. This is a very serious situation and we are seeking the public’s help. Every effort the public make to conserve water will benefit them and their community.”
Water conservation tips
For more advice on how to conserve water, please visit our Conserve Water page.
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