Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hosepipe ban for County Kildare

Hosepipe ban for County Kildare

The ban is usually introduced when it's particularly hot outside, as the demand for water is a lot higher than usual.

Irish Water says that "the primary goal of these orders is to mobilise maximum public support and engagement on minimizing water use during the crisis".

It's been one of the longest British heatwaves since the 1970s, so what does a potential hosepipe ban mean for us all? It is understood that Irish Water will be using metres to track water usage by those suspected to be using excessive amounts of water. Restrictions are likely to be put in place this week unless the demand for water drops.

Irish authorities have imposed a ban on watering lawns and gardens in the Dublin area as a country famous for its rain-soaked green landscape experiences a rare drought. Fish ponds are also excluded from the ban.

"Although NI Water has asked councils to help preserve water and we have advised staff of this, we have to balance that with maintaining our public buildings and essential services, this includes the areas around the City Hall".

The utility has warned that the Ballinasloe water treatment plant is operating at full capacity and reservoir levels are now a major concern.

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It's calling on customers to reduce their consumption over the weekend - by not using sprinklers and swapping baths for showers.

"In response to the urgent need to conserve water, the Irish Water Board has this afternoon approved a Water Conservation Order that will prohibit the use of certain types of water usage in the Greater Dublin Area with effect from Monday 2nd July".

"The demand for water is astronomical".

"Our customers are already among the most water efficient in the country but there are simple things you can do to reduce waste - and cut your water bill".

"We continue to maximise our water production and I am grateful to our dedicated workforce who are working continuously day and night to ensure we keep customers in supply".

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