Uisce Éireann reminds Kerry residents to conserve water amid continuing dry spell
07 June 2023
Uisce Éireann is closely monitoring supplies and reservoir levels daily across the county
Uisce Éireann, the public water and wastewater service authority for Ireland, is reminding all people across Kerry to conserve water as the warm, dry spell continues. The majority of water supplies are currently operating normally and there are no plans to introduce general water restrictions at this time. However, Uisce Éireann is closely monitoring supplies and reservoir levels daily across the county.
Overnight restrictions will remain in place for customers in Caragh Lake, Dooks, Two Mile School, Aghadoe, Barleymount, Faha and parts of Ballyhar and Milltown and Glenflesk from 11pm to 7am over the coming days. The restrictions are required to give the reservoirs time to replenish and to ensure there is enough water supply to homes and businesses during daytime hours. Further updates will continue to be provided on these intermittent outages will continue to be provided on the Uisce Éireann website.
There are also a some supply outages in parts of Dawros. An alternative water supply will be provided in the car park of the Sailors Bar from 7pm this evening. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tanker and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure. Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool.
By making simple adjustments in daily water usage, such as avoiding power washing and checking for leaks on outdoor taps or troughs, everyone can contribute to conserving water during the hot weather.
Oliver Harney, Uisce Éireann’s Asset Operations Lead in Kerry, emphasized the importance of water conservation especially during the warm, dry weather. He said, "We are beginning to see the impact of the long spell of dry weather on some supplies around the county. With no significant rainfall forecast in the short term, we can all play our part in ensuring there is enough water for everyone as we go through the summer. Even small changes can make a significant difference.
“For easy to use water conservation tips, check out the Uisce Éireann website, where you can also use our conservation calculator to calculate your current water savings and learn how you can conserve even more. We are also encouraging the public to report any visible leaks on the public network or by contacting 1800 278 278.
“We will continue to monitor the levels at all our supplies over the coming weeks and months and take any actions that may be necessary to maintain supplies, including communicating about localised issues as they arise.”