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Water restrictions put in place in Offaly as drought continues

04 July 2018

In the Republic of Ireland, Irish Water has announced a ban on the use of hosepipes in the greater Dublin area from 2 July.

In a further step created to help Severn Trent manage the water network, the council's parks team will avoid drawing any water during the peak morning and evening periods.

According to their website, "Irish Water's top priority during the current dry period is to protect our water supply for use in homes and businesses in the coming weeks and months".

"In the heat wave, people should be neighbourly - look after supplies by using water butts for example, to water plants - brown lawns recover quickly".

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Since the introduction of the ban on Friday afternoon, NI Water has said there has been a "slowing improving picture", but the hot weather still means demand remains a third above normal levels - and the ban will not be lifted until it is "confident there is enough treated water to meet the required water demands". As flows in rivers and water levels in boreholes reduce, conserving water now will safeguard scarce water resources for the remainder of the summer and into the autumn.

Speaking about the legal move Corporate Affairs Manager and water conservation expert, Kate Gannon, said "Imposing a Water Conservation Order is a measure that Irish Water now consider appropriate".

Irish Water says that "the primary objective of these orders is to mobilise maximum public support and engagement on minimizing water use during the crisis".

"We're only left with small watering cans".

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"We are asking customers to take heed of the hosepipe ban and stop non-essential water use - using hoses and sprinklers is causing demand to exceed the capacity to supply".

"Thank you, we really appreciate your help". "This work will continue and intensify in the months ahead", she added.

"The demand for water is astronomical".

"Local authority crews supported by contractor resources are working to maximise water availability, though managing pressures to the minimum which avoids loss of supply and fix leaks on the public network".

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"We continue to maximise our water production and I am grateful to our dedicated workforce who are working continuously day and night to ensure we keep customers in supply".

Water restrictions put in place in Offaly as drought continues