IRISH Water has imposed a hosepipe ban across Co Kildare as water levels are now critical.
The ban came in to effect yesterday (Monday) and will in place until 31 July. It covers the length of the county from Sallins and Kill right down south to Athy, Kilkea and Castledermot.
Anyone found to be in breach of the ban could face €125 fines from Irish Water.
The ban means that people cannot use a hose pipe to water lawns or plants, clean their cars and fill domestic ponds and fountains. They also can’t fill swimming pools or paddling pools unless they use hand held containers filled directly from a tap.
Kildare Co Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team (SWAT) met on Wednesday to review the current weather conditions and to monitor the impact across council services and the wider community.
A number of roads across the county faced melting conditions due to the extreme heat. One such road was the Clonbollogue Road in Rathangan which was closed due to its dangerous condition.
“It was like driving through a snow road it had melted that much,” said motorist Dean Kelly from The Curragh.
The road was closed by the council on Thursday evening and a detour was put in place.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine issued a red extreme fire risk notice for Forest Fires on Tuesday.
On Friday the vast majority of Kildare Fire Service units battled to bring a gorse fire under control in the vicinity of Roseberry outside Newbridge. Four Kildare units were supported by a number of additional fire units from Abbeyleix and Portarlington to get the blaze under control and the public were strongly advised to avoid the area.
“Kildare County Council requests the public’s assistance in being vigilant during the hot weather conditions currently being experienced,” said a spokesperson for the council.
“The community is again urged that all outdoor use of fires, barbeques and other open ignition sources be avoided in forest lands and in other high risk area until further notice.
“All council services are being delivered as normal and the SWAT team will continue to monitor the impact of the continuing hot weather.”
Inlland Fisheries Ireland is asking anglers and the general public to report any sightings of distressed fish which may be caused by high water temperatures and low water levels. Inland Fisheries Ireland is also asking anglers to voluntarily cease using ‘keep nets’ during this period to avoid causing unintentional distress to fish kept for long periods.
The public is invited to make reports of fish in distress to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 24 Hour Hotline on 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.
Advice on how to conserve water is available on the Be Water Smart section of the Irish Water
Meanwhile throughout the county people enjoyed the continuing sunshine. Thousands turned out to enjoy the annual Derby at the Curragh Racecourse while the associaited Derby Festival in Kildare town also saw crowds out to enjoy all its open air concerts and of course St Conleth’s Park in Newbridge was the focus of attention on Saturday evening when the Kildare Senior football team saw off Mayo after a controversail few days.
The Liffey, Barrow and Grand Canal, along with smaller waterways throughout the county, attracted lots of swimmers and people to their shores.