Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Dublin faces water restrictions as lush Ireland swelters

A woman out for a morning jog yesterday along the river Itchen near Winchester Hampshire as the summer heat wave continues to bring sunshine and high temperatures to much of the UK and utility companies warn of potential water shortages Heatwave prompts hose ban in N.Ireland
Doris Mccormick | 04 July, 2018, 22:14

Irish Water warned that further water restrictions are likely to affect other parts of the country.

It comes after the President of the Irish Farmers' Association said that grass growth was one third of the normal rate for this time of year, because of the hot weather.

However, Met Eireann stressed that Ireland will not see a return to last week's near-record temperatures when parts of the country sweltered in 32C heat.

It's extending its hosepipe ban beyond the Greater Dublin area this week.

Britain is also sweltering during one of the longest spells of hot, sunny weather for years, but a wet spring means most parts of the United Kingdom are not experiencing drought.

The ban is usually introduced when it's particularly hot outside, as the demand for water is a lot higher than usual.

"If people want to report excessive usage they can call 1850 278 278 in the first instance and Irish Water will follow up from there", the statement added.

"We need customers to change their mind set on their water usage and to conserve water now and in the weeks and months ahead".

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Chief Executive Sara Venning thanked some local businesses who lent NI Water their tankers over the weekend to help their efforts to meet demand.

Irish Water is appealing to the public to conserve water as much as possible and to avoid unnecessary use of water.

For watering your plants, and lawn, why not re-use the water you have already used to wash your fruit and vegetables or even to clean the dishes?

Elsewhere in the Midlands, the Portlaoise water supply and the Derryguile Water Treatment Plant in particular is coming under pressure with a potential impact on approximately 5,000 people.

Water suppliers then face fresh concern that water reserves could dry up, meaning they'll then struggle to ensure each household is getting such an increased supply.

Meanwhile, speaking earlier this week, ICMSA president Pat McCormack commented on the arrangement in place with Irish Water.

Water companies are starting to ask customers to conserve supplies by not using hosepipes or water sprinklers during the heatwave.

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