Ireland Hosepipe ban to improve water conservation rate

08:35  09 july  2018
08:35  09 july  2018 Source:   independent.ie

Hosepipe ban on the cards as households face fines for wasting water amid drought fears

  Hosepipe ban on the cards as households face fines for wasting water amid drought fears HOUSEHOLDERS face being banned from using hosepipes to water their gardens or wash their cars under draconian tough measures being considered to avoid a national water shortage.The utility said it was closely monitoring supplies across 17 counties, with Dublin and Galway cities now at risk of having restrictions imposed, along with large towns including Westport in Mayo, Midleton in Cork and Ballinasloe in Galway.

“The water conservation order relates to domestic customers only but again we will continue to review this in conjunction with reviewing the weather situation in the coming days and weeks.” Hosepipe ban to be extended nationwide as drought conditions worsen.

Speaking about the latest move, Irish Water 's Kate Gannon said: "Imposing a national Water Conservation Order ( hosepipe ban ) reflects the serious need for water conservation now and over the coming months.

There are already fears winter water reserves are at risk. Stock photo: PA © Provided by Irish Independent There are already fears winter water reserves are at risk. Stock photo: PA

The total ban came into effect on Friday morning and is currently due to be in place until the end of July.

However, this could be extended depending on rainfall over the next three weeks.

The utility is having drought management meetings every morning over the course of the heatwave, which has caused massive water shortages.

A high-level meeting of senior management will take place this morning to discuss if further restrictions are required with more updates expected this afternoon.

Irish Water said it is looking at the issue on a day-to-day basis with demand at a critical level.

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Irish Water ’s hosepipe ban is to be extended nationwide on Friday with fewer than 20 domestic users having been reported for water misuse since the measure came into force in the greater Dublin region on Monday.

Irish Water ’s hosepipe ban is to be extended nationwide on Friday with fewer than 20 domestic users having been reported for water misuse since the measure came into force in the greater Dublin region on Monday.

The hosepipe ban came into effect in Dublin early last week, with Irish Water noticing a conservation improvement following its introduction.

While there is still a risk of demand rising in certain rural areas, it is hopeful there will be better conservation across the country.

Irish Water will wait to see patterns in water usage across a couple of weekdays before it can gauge if there has been a drop nationwide.

Despite many adhering to the ban, the utility received around 40 reports of people not complying with it as of Friday.

However, no new figures were put together over the weekend.

Irish Water is understood to be following up on each of these by imposing a penalty - a €125 fine or prosecution.

Penalties are only expected to be enforced on those who consistently fail to comply with the ban.

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Find out how we are improving the harbour's water quality. The Water Conservation Order ( hosepipe ban ) will be in place until midnight on Tuesday, 31 July for domestic users and for non-commercial use by commercial bodies.

Water chiefs have already imposed a Water Conservation Order for the Greater Dublin Area after supplies plummeted - and now it looks set to be extended. What the hosepipe ban prohibits

A spokesperson for Irish Water said the public is aware this is an issue that needs to be taken seriously.

Across the country, there are already a number of water restrictions in place with some counties worse off than others.

In Athlone, Co Westmeath, a struggle to meet water demands is affecting up to 8,000 people on the east side of the town and restrictions are in place overnight.

Restrictions are also set to be put in place in Portlaoise, affecting around 5,000 people.

Overnight water supply has also dropped in Galway city due to high demand.

There has also been a 15pc-20pc increase in demand in the southern part of the country, with 27 water schemes affected.

There are already fears winter water reserves will be at risk of depletion nationwide due to the prolonged drought being experienced.

Autumn reserves have already been significantly eaten into in recent weeks.

Night time water restrictions in Greater Dublin Area 'likely to begin early next week' .
Initial restriction could be midnight to 5am but that is still to be confirmed. ”In a statement released this afternoon, the utility said: “Irish Water and the local authorities are working through over 800 district meter areas to establish where water supplies can be restricted and for how long while minimizing the impact to homes and businesses.”Irish Water Engineer and Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon said, “Introducing restrictions was an option that Irish Water hoped could be avoided because of the inevitable impact on homes and businesses.

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