Water conservation measures still required across Cork

Water conservation measures still required across Cork
The River Durrus in West Cork is normally a fast flowing river and is now reduced to a small stream due to the ongoing drought. pic: Andrew Harris

Irish Water is appealing to customers in Cork supplied by the Bantry and Newmarket supply schemes to conserve water as water levels are extremely low in these areas.

Demand is exceeding supply and, combined with the extended dry weather period, the sources for these water supply schemes are coming under increasing pressure.

Homes and businesses in Newmarket, Kanturk, Tullylease, Kilbrin and Boherbue are supplied by the schemes.

In Ballyhooly in North Cork, Irish Water and Cork County Council have successfully installed a booster pump over the weekend. 

Water pressures are now being increased in the areas affected and we are continuing to monitor network performance in response to increased water pressure. The temporary water supply tank has now been removed from Ballyhooly, as it is needed elsewhere. 

As well as dealing with low water supplies on almost every scheme in the county, crews worked through the night last Thursday to repair an unexpected burst to a large water main supplying Fota and Cobh. 

Through their efforts overnight to repair the 900mm diameter water main, water supply was restored to Fota on Friday morning and it was possible to maintain supply to the majority of customers in Cobh and surrounding areas. Irish Water wishes to acknowledge the efforts of the crews involved in prioritising and successfully completing a difficult repair at this busy time.

As a result of the unprecedented dry spell, it will take sustained rainfall over many weeks and even months to replenish raw water levels in rivers, lakes and groundwater sources and treated drinking water levels in our storage reservoirs.

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