13 July 2018 Go back to News
Public are urged to conserve water in the Aran Islands as drought conditions continue and restrictions are extended
National Water Conservation Order currently in place
Irish Water is appealing to residents, businesses and visitors to the Aran Islands to conserve water as drought conditions continue across the country. The National Water Conservation Order (Hosepipe Ban) came into effect last Friday and is currently in place until midnight on July 31. Due to depleting water levels in rivers, lakes and ground water sources which supply our water treatment plants the scope of this order is being kept under review.
Night time restrictions in Inis Mór and Inis Oirr
Demand for treated water on Inis Mór is extremely high at 580m3/day and there are only enough volume of stored rainfall left on the island to supply for 17 days, and the boreholes that supplement supply are now in danger of being exhausted.
Night time restrictions on Inis Mór and Inis Oirr will continue from 8pm to 8am daily with a further afternoon restriction likely to be introduced if the drought continues. Water usage on Inis Mór has increased in the past 28 days, although leak repair works have gone some way to reduce the level of increase in demand Reservoir levels are giving cause for very serious concern.
Water consumption on Inis Oirr and Inis Meain has increased by 30 per cent in the past six weeks and Irish Water is urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve water on all of the Aran Islands.
Please continue to report all leaks on the public network
We continue to ask the public to notify us of leaks which we always follow up. Public side leaks are dealt with in the first instance by the local authority teams. You can report a leak online via our Report a Leak form. We have contractors available to assist with private side leaks under the ‘First Fix’ scheme. Where the utility cannot access private property to repair obvious leaks, we are committed to serving enforcement notices under the legislation to enable us to have these effectively addressed.
It will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to replenish raw water levels in rivers, lakes and groundwater sources and treated drinking water levels in our storage reservoirs. We will continue to analyse water consumption levels on a daily basis. At the same time, we are monitoring the continued fall in water levels in our sources.
Our objective is to balance service levels now with the risks of future failure.
Speaking about the need for continued water conservation Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager Kate Gannon said: “We are really grateful for the measures that people have taken to conserve water so far and we hope that the National Water Conservation Order (hosepipe ban) will continue to make people more mindful of their responsibilities and the impact their water usage is having on their neighbours and communities. We know that the vast majority of people are supporting the ban, though we have reports of people in contravention of it and we again appeal to those people to comply with these essential minimum measures to safeguard our water supplies.
“Our Drought Management team are meeting daily to assess and analyse water demand and consumption levels for every area in the country. Met Éireann has forecast that high temperatures will remain for the foreseeable future and this highlights the need for everyone to play their part and conserve water as much as possible, to follow our advice and tips and to comply with the Water Conservation Order.”