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Dublin hosepipe ban is lifted as city praised for its 'conservation efforts'

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People in breach of hosepipe ban faced fines of up to €125

People in breach of hosepipe ban faced fines of up to €125

People in breach of hosepipe ban faced fines of up to €125

The hosepipe ban that outlawed the use of paddling pools in Dublin at the height of the drought has been lifted.

Irish Water said the ban - which was introduced on July 2 to protect the capital's water supply - is no longer needed due to reduced demand and increased rain.

The order originally covered the Greater Dublin Area as the utility became increasingly concerned about spikes in demand and reductions in water levels.

The ban meant that the use of a hosepipe to water a garden, wash the car or fill a paddling pool was outlawed.

Those in breach of the ban could be fined up to €125.

The ban was later rolled out across the country, as Ireland's water supplies teetered on a knife-edge.

The ban was due to run until Sunday, but is no longer required.

Irish Water's decision to lift the ban comes as Met Eireann predicts today will be largely dry, with temperatures hitting 21C in parts of the country.

The utility said that due to the reduction in demand, the "availability of water resources" and the "prevailing weather", there was no need to continue the ban.

However, it warned that risks to the capital's supply remained.

"The Water Conservation Orders were vital for reducing significant peaks in demand that Irish Water witnessed in early June," said utility spokeswoman Kate Gannon.

"The orders, combined with the significant efforts of operational teams on the ground and the excellent conservation efforts made by homes and businesses across the country, prevented major outages to water supplies in many communities.

Concerned

"As rainfall is returning to more average rates, our water sources, which were very dry during the summer, can begin to recharge more quickly.

"In the Greater Dublin Area, where we were very concerned about the levels in the Poulaphouca Reservoir in Co Wicklow, the rate of decline has decreased significantly and the probability of an outage is now very low."

However, Irish Water continues to monitor the recovery levels of the reservoir closely.

"Levels at the Inniscarra Dam in Cork and Lough Guitane in Kerry have stabilised and are recovering. While this is very welcome news, it is essential that people continue to conserve water," said Ms Gannon.

"We are really grateful for all the efforts people made over the past few months in their homes and businesses.

"Conserving water will make our water sources more resilient and help to safeguard our water for the future, benefiting communities all across the country."

The ban was lifted last month in northern and western parts of the country as significant rain replenished reservoirs and groundwater supplies.

However, conditions did not improve across the southern, eastern and midlands regions and the hosepipe ban was extended in those areas.

The ban has now been lifted in the counties of Dublin, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Offaly, Wicklow, Meath, Westmeath, Louth and Kildare.


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