Irish Water is closely monitoring water levels at two regional water supply schemes in Cork, and has urged communities serviced by the schemes to be mindful of their water use.
According to the utility, there is currently an increase in water demand and a reduction in available raw water on both the Newmarket Regional and the Clonakilty Regional Water Supply Schemes.
“In other words, supply and demand are going in opposite directions,’ a spokesperson for Irish Water explained.
“We would ask all of the communities in these areas to continue to be mindful of their water use,” the spokesperson added.
Irish Water has also confirmed that both Kiskeam and Roberts Cove schemes remain in drought in Cork.
Overall, of Irish Water’s 900 drinking water schemes around the country, 27 are currently in drought and 50 are at risk of going into drought.
Earlier today, Irish Water confirmed that a National Water Conservation Order, or a hosepipe ban, will come into effect from tomorrow until Tuesday, July 21st and they are urging people to conserve water.
As part of the measures, it is asking people not to use hoses, pressure washers, or paddling pools, to take shorter showers and to reuse household water for the garden.
Niall Gleeson, Managing Director of Irish Water, said: “Irish Water’s top priority during the current dry period is to protect our water supply for use in homes and businesses and for essential sanitation during the COVID-19 crisis. As demand continues to outstrip supply and the dry weather looks set to continue, Irish Water has taken the extra step of implementing a Water Conservation Order.”