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Politicians treading water as we wait for recovery

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Ibec's Fergal O'Brien

Ibec's Fergal O'Brien

Ibec's Fergal O'Brien

The sun has been one of the few bright spots amid all the Covid-19 gloom in recent weeks. Cocooners who had been under lockdown can now go out and see it most days as they venture up to 5km from home. More sunny spells are forecast as restrictions are further eased from May 18.

But more sunny days mean less rain and our river- and ground-water levels are dropping as home consumption levels rise. Water and hygiene are crucial to slowing down the spread of the virus, but we should cut down on the needless use of hoses and power washers.

We have to take greater responsibility for our water usage if we are to avoid a drought this summer. Personal responsibility also applies to taking precautions and perhaps to using face coverings in crowded places where social distancing is not possible.