New limits on water usage
Published 19/07/2013 | 05:00
THE threat of widespread hosepipe bans and further water restrictions has ramped up again, as temperatures will nudge towards 30C over the weekend.
Tens of thousands of householders in south Tipperary and Co Galway have already been banned from using hosepipes to water their lawns.
Reservoir water levels are dwindling drastically due to a surge in demand sparked by the current heatwave.
And many other county and city councils are keeping a close eye on the situation with a view to implementing rotating water supply restrictions or hosepipe bans.
We can thank the Azores high pressure system currently hovering over Ireland for the Mediterranean-like conditions.
Met Eireann predicts the mercury will climb to 29C or 30C in Galway and Sligo towns today and between 23C and 27C everywhere else.
Temperatures are likely to remain in the high 20s next week as well, according to Met Eireann forecaster Eoin Sherlock.
But the surge in demand for water due to people taking more frequent showers, watering plants and drinking more water –has led to growing worries that reservoirs may get dangerously low.
Kerry County Council has already implemented night-time water supply restrictions in several areas, as has Donegal County Council.
Other councils are also considering following suit.