Hosepipe ban extended in Dublin

By Mary Dennehy

THE Water Conservation Order, or hosepipe ban, has been extended in the Greater Dublin area until September 30.

This week, Irish Water confirmed that the order remains in place for a number of areas nationwide, including Dublin.

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According to Irish Water: “In the midlands and south east, supplies are now generally functioning normally, with full service levels available.

“However, borehole and river levels remain historically low and we must provide for potentially dry weather during September.

“We are therefore appealing to all customers to continue to conserve water in these areas as the supplies remain lower than normal.”

The continuation of the Water Conservation Order prohibits the use of a hosepipe in the Dublin area.

“In the Greater Dublin Area, water supplies are being maintained with minimum service disruption”, Irish Water said.  

“Water conservation by householders and businesses, continued work on leakage management and night-time pressure management has manged to contain overall regional daily usage to around 550 million litres.

“However, sources remain low and storage in the Pollaphouca Reservoir continues to drop, though at a slower rate in August than in July.

“While demand has been below last year’s level in recent weeks, we expect that demand will be higher over the coming months with the return of schools and colleges.”

Conservation

While the Water Conservation Order has been lifted in some areas, Irish Water is “hopeful” that people will continue to conserve water.

“This prolonged drought has brought an increased awareness of the value of having an adequate continuous water service for homes and businesses around the country, with evident response in increased water conservation and this must be continued as we all work together to protect and safeguard our water resources for our future needs”, Irish Water said.

Advice and tips on water conservation measures are available on www.irishwater.ie

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