WATER WORRY Irish public urged to conserve water ahead of intense heatwave as supplies in increased demand
Ahead of a heatwave, the Irish public has been urged to conserve water.
Met Eireann’s three-day scorcher warning has increased the demand for some supplies.
Irish Water is currently operating normally with no plans to introduce restrictions, but an increase in demand “may put pressure on some supplies” in the coming weeks.
The utility company warns that rural areas in the south and midlands are under water pressure.
It’s protecting supplies in Cork, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Carron, Clare, and Inis Orr, Galway.
Irish Water’s James O’Toole said, “We are appealing to the public in Carlow and Kilkenny to be mindful of how they use water at home because of the dry weather and high temperatures this weekend.”
“As summer vacation begins, many people will be outside more, watering gardens or washing cars.
“We’re asking people to use water wisely so there’s enough for everyone during the day and so businesses in both counties can thrive.
“Water is a precious natural resource, and we’re working hard with local authorities to ensure Carlow and Kilkenny have a safe water supply.”
Here are some water-saving tips:
- Leave the hose and the pressure washer in the shed
- Minimize the use of paddling pools
- Reuse household water for the garden
- Take shorter showers.
O’Toole: “Water supply must be protected when handwashing and hygiene are crucial. Everyone must contribute.”
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