Demand for water right across Co. Tipperary continues to increase

Demand has increased significantly in the Toomevara network which is supplied from the Nenagh scheme and at the farthest extent of the network and when demand in Nenagh increases this has the effect of reducing flow into the Toomevara network. Also, the demand on the Nenagh water supply has increased significantly in recent days. 

The reduced flow into the network coupled with the increased demand has resulted in water leaving the reservoir at Toomevara at a faster rate than it can be replenished.

Water conservation appeal

Irish Water is appealing to the Tipperary public, particularly people working and living in Coolbawn and Toomevara to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

Irish Water’s Drought Management Team is meeting daily and is monitoring water supplies and demand around the country.

Irish Water, working with local authorities in Dublin, is advising of additional measures to protect the capital’s water supplies as the water usage has increased again in the last 24 hours.

The Greater Dublin Area

In the Greater Dublin Area, Irish Water can sustainably and safely produce 610 million litres of water per day. In the past 24 hours demand reached 615 mega litres. This level of demand meant drawing from treated water storage to maintain full supply. This option can only be maintained for a limited period of a few weeks. This record level of summer consumption is also depleting raw water reserves needed for the coming months.

Irish Water’s priority is to minimise the impact on homes and businesses, particularly during this period of holidays and high tourism. Irish Water, working with the local authorities, has lowered night time water pressure levels in the Greater Dublin Area to the minimum level that will not impact businesses but will assist Irish Water managing demand more effectively. Irish Water is monitoring reports of private side leaks and other non-essential uses and is reviewing its enforcement options. We will update on these in the coming days.

Long term restrictions unavoidable

Irish Water remain very concerned about the possibility of having to impose restrictions in the long term. This will become unavoidable if the dry conditions persist into the Autumn with lower than normal rainfalls.

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.

100 water supply schemes now at risk

Nationally, Irish Water have today identified 100 water supply schemes around the country that are now at risk.

Customers in Kilkenny, Longford, Athlone, North Galway, Louth and Kerry have already experienced restricted water supply and outages in some cases. Currently almost 4,000 customers are impacted.

Some areas in Cork, Wicklow, Limerick, Kilkenny, Carlow, Tipperary, Clare, Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway, Roscommon, Laois, Limerick, Kerry, Waterford and Offaly have been identified as being at risk.

Water conservation is critical to secure our needs over the coming months

In many of our schemes, our primary concern is for longer term supplies in late summer and autumn. Based on modelling previous dry years, and allowing for how dry the ground now is, we need to maximise conservation of raw water at this time to secure our needs over the coming months. Therefore, these urgent conservation messages are of critical importance to communities in Dublin and the other marginal supply areas across the country.

Commenting on the ongoing situation Corporate Affairs Manager and water conservation expert, Kate Gannon said “We are very grateful to the public and to businesses for all efforts to conserve water. We are very encouraged by the leadership shown by our large commercial users in their work to conserve water. Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail have all committed to reducing the number of times they wash their fleets.

Irish Water’s priority is to minimise the impact on homes and businesses, particularly during this period of holidays and high tourism. Local authority crews supported by contractor resources are working to maximise water availability through managing pressures to the minimum which avoids loss of supply. This work will continue and intensify in the months ahead.

Every effort you make at home or at work will help

We have a long way to go. If the drought is prolonged, water restrictions will become unavoidable if demand does not drop towards normal levels. Every effort someone makes in their home or business impacts their neighbour and community. We have lots of tips for conserving water in the home, garden and business on water.ie.”

We are working to support customers to conserve water in the first instance and we will take necessary legal measures available to us to ensure that we minimise risk of supply loss to businesses and communities.”

For more information, visit our Water Conservation page.

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