A HOSEPIPE ban will come into force across Cork city and county on Friday morning, with water restrictions now in place in a number of areas at night.
There was rainfall in some parts of Cork last night, including localised heavy rain in Macroom. But the forecast is for further hot, dry weather and Irish Water is gravely concerned for the long-term water supply.
Night time restrictions have been imposed on the Inniscarra, Clonakilty and Kilbrin water supplies, from 11pm until 7am, and these will continue for the foreseeable future.
Other areas may soon have to follow. The Freemount, Gortnaskethy, Castletownroche, Ballinatona, Kilva, Mallow, Crookhaven, Goleen, Schull, Cahernacrin, Derryginagh, Knockraha, Corbally, Minane Bridge, Nohoval, Roberts Cove, Whitechurch, and Cobh water supplies are classified as at-risk and Irish Water asked customers supplied from these schemes to be especially mindful of their water consumption.
Production at water treatment plants is struggling to meet increasing demand and Irish Water say it could take weeks or even months for raw water levels to be restored in rivers, lakes, and boreholes and for treated water levels to be restored in reservoirs.
The Water Conservation Order and hosepipe ban, in place in Dublin since Monday, has now been extended to cover the whole country and will come into force at 8am tomorrow.
The order bans the use of a hosepipe to water gardens, clean cars, fill or maintain paddling pools and artificial ponds and fill or maintain ornamental fountains. The ban does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes but all water users are urged to conserve water during this drought period.
The public is asked to report leaks on the public water network to 1850-278278 and to repair private side leaks. Irish Water has warned they will be putting pressure on land and homeowners to fix leaks on their property.
“Crews are busy identifying and fixing leaks,” it said. “Public side leaks are dealt with in the first instance by the local authority.
“We have contractors available to assist with private side leaks under the ‘First Fix’ scheme.
“Where we cannot access private property to repair obvious leaks, we are committed to serving enforcement notices under the legislation to enable us to have these effectively addressed.”