Irish Water has lifted the remaining Water Conservation Orders affecting Cork city and county, that have been in place since the drought this summer.
The Irish Water Board met and reviewed the information indicating that the reduction in demand, the availability of water resources and the prevailing weather conditions mean that the justification for the Water Conservation Order no longer applies.
The order, that was in place since July 6, prohibited the use of water drawn through a hosepipe for watering a garden, cleaning a private vehicle or filling a domestic swimming pool.
Despite the lifting of the order, Irish Water said there are a number of supplies in Cork that remain at risk, as the sources have not fully recovered following the extremely dry spell.
These include areas of North Cork at Newmarket, Kanturk, Tullylease, Kilbrin, Boherbue, Charleville, Buttevant and Newtownshandrum.
“We are asking that all households and businesses in Cork, particularly in these areas to the north of the county, continue to do what they can to conserve water so that local sources can recover,” said Irish Water’s Neil Smyth.
“We are grateful for the efforts people have made over the past few months at home and at work. It was really encouraging to see. Conserving water will help make our water sources more resilient and help to safeguard these resources for the future benefiting communities all across Cork.”
“The Water Conservation Orders were vital to reduce significant peaks in demand that Irish Water observed during the month of June 2018. The Orders helped to increase awareness of the reduced available water and how supplies had reached critical levels.
"As rainfall is starting to return to average rates our water sources, which were very low during the summer, are beginning to recharge.”