Tuesday 14 August 2018
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Irish Water update on Drought Conditions in County Cork

Irish Water update on Drought Conditions in County Cork

Appeal to Customers supplied by the Newmarket Regional Water Supply Scheme to conserve water

Irish Water is appealing to Customers in County Cork supplied by the Newmarket Regional Water Supply Scheme (i.e. Newmarket, Kanturk, Tullylease, Kilbrin and Boherbue) to make every effort possible to conserve water, as water levels on this scheme in particular is extremely low. Demand is exceeding supply and, combined with the extended dry weather period, the source for this water supply scheme is coming under increasing pressure.

Irish Water and Cork County Council are taking measures to alleviate pressure on the Newmarket Regional Water Supply Scheme through reducing the water demand, monitoring water sources and reviewing possible alternative water sources. Night time restrictions are also being implemented. A big emphasis is being placed on finding and fixing leaks to reduce any water losses through the water supply networks. ‘Find and fix’ leakage crews, have been mobilised to try to identify and fix leaks. Large water users are also working with Irish Water and Cork County Council to reduce their water consumption where possible at this time.

Irish Water are asking the local communities for their help in terms of checking for internal leaks within the home and fixing any dripping taps or leaking toilets. If the local communities notice any leaks in these areas, please notify Irish Water and Cork County Council, so that the ‘find and fix’ crews can investigate. Any measures taken to reduce consumption, no matter how small, will help in terms of replenishing water supplies.

We would like to thank the communities and businesses in these areas for every effort they are making to reduce their water consumption at this time.

Operational update and appeal to all Customers in Cork County to continue to conserve water

Irish Water and Cork County Council are working continuously to ensure continued water supply to all Customers in Cork county. Most schemes in the county are experiencing water supply difficulties due to the ongoing drought conditions and these are being addressed through a number of measures, including the exploration of new spring sources, tankering water to supplement supplies where necessary and investment in emergency measures in both networks and treatment plants to improve performance during this challenging drought period.

As a result of the unprecedented dry spell, it will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to replenish raw water levels in rivers, lakes and groundwater sources and treated drinking water levels in our storage reservoirs. In the meantime we all have a role to play in conserving water. Simple steps like taking a short shower instead of a bath, turning off taps and fixing leaks in outside taps or farm troughs all help to make a difference. We are also reminding people to report any leaks they see in the public network by calling 1850 278 278 or on the Irish Water website.

For more water conservation tips please see https://www.water.ie/conservation/