Irish Water lifts hosepipe ban, but warns recovery of some water sources is “fragile”

Irish Water lifts hosepipe ban, but warns recovery of some water sources is “fragile”

Irish Water is lifting the Water Conservation Order, or hosepipe ban, that was put in place last month.

It follows recent rainfall and improving river and ground water conditions.

Earlier this week, Irish Water met with key groups including Met Éireann to discuss the forecast and the OPW and EPA who monitor the levels of lakes and rivers to review and assess their data.

It said that following a review of information, the utility is now in a position to remove the Water Conservation Order from 5pm today.

However, the company says 17 schemes remain in drought while 61 are at risk, and the recovery of some sources is “very fragile”.

“Irish Water is continuing to monitor the affected water sources as their recovery is fragile and subject to change. We will continue to liaise with Met Eireann, the OPW, the EPA and other key stakeholders to discuss the impact of weather on our sources. Should we enter a spell of prolonged warm and dry weather, and if the sources go into drought again, we may need to reconsider and re-impose a Water Conservation Order. Safeguarding the water supply for homes and communities across the country is a critical priority for us,” said Managing Director of Irish Water, Niall Gleeson.

“It is really important that members of the public develop good household habits at this time and conserve water, regardless of rainfall. Any non-essential use of water should be discouraged, whether we are in a drought or not,” Mr Gleeson added.

In recent days, Irish Water confirmed to the Echo that one Cork scheme was in drought, with three others at risk. 

The Robert's Cove scheme, which serves 65 people, was in drought.

The Kiskeam pumping station scheme, which serves 182 people, was in drought when the Order was issued last month but the heavy rainfall has meant it is now categorised as potential drought.

The Clonakilty Water Supply Scheme, which serves more than 13,500 people and the Newmarket Regional Water Supply Scheme, also known as the Ballinatona Water Supply Scheme which serves more than 9,500 people are deemed to be at risk of drought.

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