THERE ARE fears that Kildare householders could be facing a hosepipe ban or other water conservation measures if the current spell of warm weather lasts beyond the weekend.
Kildare County Council has echoed calls by Irish Water for Kildare residents to conserve water over the prolonged period of warm weather. While water conservation measures haven’t become an issue yet, it would appear that this may change over the coming days. Met Éireann is predicting high temperatures up to Friday at the earliest with “no end in sight” for the current warm and dry spell.
In a statement, Kildare County Council’s director of Water and Environmental Services Joe Boland said: “Kildare County Council reiterates the national message as outlined by Irish Water. This is particularly relevant in the greater Dublin area, including Co Kildare, where there are ongoing pressures on water supply capability.”
Irish Water issued an appeal to the public to conserve water, particularly in several areas around the country where water supplies were already under pressure. Irish Water noted that 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.
The statement from Irish Water added that this year has seen extended dry spells similar to 1976, when drought conditions were experienced across the country. Irish Water’s ‘Drought Management Team’ is monitoring water supplies and demand around the country on a daily basis.
Irish Water’s corporate affairs manager Kate Gannon said: “If demand does not decrease, we will start to see homes and businesses on the edge of the network in the Greater Dublin Area experience shortages, as happened in Skerries in recent weeks. The longer this continues, the more people will be at risk of shortages and outages. We 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. This is a very serious situation and we are seeking the public’s help.”
Meanwhile Met Éireann yesterday issued a yellow weather warning as temperatures are set to soar above 30 degrees by the weekend. Dermatologists are warning of the dangers of being out and about without protection from sunscreen, and homeless services are appealing for donations of water and sun screen. People have also been reminded to check on elderly neighbours.
Meanwhile, parts of Kildare Town experienced water supply disruption for over 24 hours from Monday morning as Irish Water worked to repair a leak in the Station Road area of the town. Irish Water had said that it expected to conclude the works by 6am this morning (Tuesday).