Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Hosepipe ban for County Kildare

Hosepipe ban for County Kildare

Brits are being urged to reduce their water usage in order to prevent a nationwide hosepipe ban being put in place as the country continues to bask in soaring temperatures.

The ban is in place until the 31st of July and water levels are being monitored daily before a call is made on extending the ban elsewhere.

Commenting on the ongoing situation, Irish Water's Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon said: "We thank the public for their water conservation efforts to date".

"The reality is, that as they play in the water, homes and businesses are suffering low water pressure or no water at all". It is understood that Irish Water will be using metres to track water usage by those suspected to be using excessive amounts of water.

"It is essential that our water supply resources are conserved if we are to avoid restrictions and outages over the coming weeks and months".

Laffey explained: "Early last week Irish Water contacted national representatives of the IFA [Irish Farmers' Association] and ICMSA [Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers' Association] to agree protocols that would enable us to support farmers in safeguarding the welfare of their animals during the current drought".

It said it needed help to stop the vandalism "before the unthinkable scenario occurs where a fire breaks out and there is no water for the NI Fire and Rescue Service to deal with it".

Top tips include taking a shorter shower, not leaving the taps running and re-using paddling pool water for plants in the garden.

It comes as Irish Water says its primary concern is for longer term supplies in late summer and autumn, as it could "take months for raw water levels to restore in rivers, lakes, boreholes and for treated water levels to restore in our storage reservoirs".

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.

"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".

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