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Dublin: 9 °C Friday 5 June, 2020

Supplies already under pressure due to hot spell, Irish Water says

Met Éireann said that temperatures will reach as high as 30 over the next few days.

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IRISH WATER HAS made an appeal to the public to conserve water during the prolonged hot weather that has been predicted for the coming days.

The rise in temperature has seen the demand for water increase which Irish Water says is already putting supplies under pressure.

It has advised people to take the following measures to conserve water:

  • Don’t use a hose to water the garden or wash cars
  • Keep paddling pools very shallow if they are being used
  • Take short showers rather than baths

Water levels in rivers and lakes are currently dropping which means that is there is less water available to treat and supply homes and businesses.

Met Éireann said that temperatures will go as high as 27 degrees today in some places, and reach as high as 30 over the next few days.

As status yellow weather warning is in place from 6am today until 9pm on Friday.

Irish Water says that it’s drought management teams are monitoring water supplies and demand around the country on a daily basis.

In the summer of 2017 Irish Water reported that an average of 565 mega-litres of water was used per day in the greater Dublin area.

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However, last Friday the area used 602 mega-litres of water, which is very close to the limit of sustainable production according to Irish Water.

Kate Gannon, Corporate Affairs Manager for Irish Water, said that if demand does not decrease homes and businesses will experience shortages.

The longer this continues, the more people will be at risk of shortages and outages.

“Our Drought Management Team is monitoring the situation daily across the country but if everyone can take these simple steps, it will help us to manage supply and demand.

”This is a very serious situation and we are seeking the public’s help, every effort the public make to conserve water will benefit them and their community,” she said in a statement.

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