Public urged to conserve water as supplies hit hard by Leitrim heatwave

Leitrim Observer Reporter


Leitrim Observer Reporter

Demand for water right across Co Leitrim continues to increase and as a result Irish Water is urging the public to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

Irish Water and Leitrim County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and there are currently no water restrictions in place on the public supply. However, the public is urged to conserve water in every way possible to ensure a continuous supply for all. 

The Group Water Scheme serving the Carrigallen area switched off supply to Carrigallen and Aughavas last night at 10pm and there are reports that a night-time curtailment of this supply may continue over the coming days.

Irish Water’s Drought Management Team is meeting daily and is monitoring water supplies and demand around the country.

In many of Irish Water's schemes around the country, supply and demand was already under pressure and the spell of warm weather has exacerbated this situation. Demand for water is increasing while levels in rivers and lakes are dropping significantly which means that is there is less water available to treat and supply to homes and businesses.

Commenting on the ongoing situation, Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon said:

“Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme teams are on the ground now but we also need the public’s support to reduce their water usage. The top three measures that people can take are not using a hose to water the garden or wash cars; keeping paddling pools very shallow if they are being used; and taking short showers rather than baths.

“The situation remains critical and we are continuing to seek the public’s help. Every effort the public make to conserve water will help to minimise risk of supply loss to them and their community.”