3 August 2018 Go back to News
Reminder to continue to conserve water in Limerick
Irish Water is reminding customers throughout Co Limerick, particularly in the Doon, Pallasgreen, Hospital and Knocklong areas to continue to conserve water as much as possible, as water levels on many schemes remain extremely low. As a result of the ongoing dry spell, demand is exceeding supply and the sources for these water supply schemes are coming under increasing pressure.
Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council are working to alleviate pressure on these schemes by fixing leaks throughout the network and tankering water to reservoirs as required. We have also drilled a new borehole in Hospital and are working to bring it into production. If this proves viable, it may also be used to supplement part of the surrounding area.
Night time restrictions in Knocklong have ceased for the moment but may have to be put in place again if demand exceeds supply over the coming days and weeks.
Irish Water would like to acknowledge the work of Limerick City and County Council crews who are working with us to manage water supplies across the city and county 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.