Irish Water urges public to conserve water amidst heatwave 3 months ago

Irish Water urges public to conserve water amidst heatwave

Irish Water is advising people to take shorter showers and avoid using paddling pools.

Irish Water has again urged the public to conserve water amidst the current heatwave Ireland is experiencing.

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A Status Yellow high-temperature warning for the entire country and a Status Orange high-temperature warning for six counties are in effect until 9am on Friday.

In parts of the country, maximum temperatures will exceed 30 degrees, with overnight temperatures dropping no lower than around 20 degrees.

As demand for drinking water has increased, Irish Water has urged customers to conserve water "to ensure a consistent supply for all during this busy time".

In particular, Irish Water has appealed to people living in Cork, Waterford and Wexford in recent days to cut back on their water use where public water supplies are under "pressure".

"Irish Water is continuing to see significant levels of domestic and commercial demand for water as temperatures remain high and the public are asked to take some simple measures to conserve water in their homes, businesses and on farms," it said in a statement.

"Irish Water has been carefully monitoring all of its raw water sources, that is the water from lakes, rivers, springs and ground sources that feed our water treatment plants.

"As rivers, lakes and groundwater levels reduce through the summer and autumn period, there is less water available for supply, while at the same time the warmer weather gives rise to increased water demands for domestic, agricultural and leisure uses."

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Irish Water says small changes can have a significant impact, including:

  • Taking a shorter shower and saving up to 10 litres of water per minute
  • Fixing dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home
  • Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving, saving up to six litres of water per minute
  • Saving and reusing water collected from baths, showers, and hand basins in the garden
  • Avoiding using paddling pools
  • Using a rose head watering can in the garden instead of a hose and aiming for the roots
  • Washing your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose
  • Reporting any leaks to Irish Water at 1800 278 278