Hosepipe ban lifted in Northwest
The Water Conservation Order has been lifted for the Northwest, while there are still some areas where the ban remains in place around the country, particularly in the East and South.
Irish Water is still appealing for people to continue to conserve water as raw water supplies in rivers, lakes and ground water sources remain lower than normal.
On Tuesday it revealed the ban has been lifted for the Northwest of the country due to increased rainfall and the conservation measures over the last two months. The Irish Water Board said it considered detailed analysis of drinking water sources (river flows and lake levels) from engineering experts within Irish Water and the local authorities, including the hydrologist records of OPW and the ESB and future weather forecasts. They determined that the Water Conservation Order will remain in place for the Greater Dublin area including Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare and in counties Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Laois, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny until Sunday, 30 September.
The ban has been lifted for the Northwest region which includes Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Donegal, Galway, Clare, Longford, Cavan and Monaghan. In the midlands and south east, supplies are now generally functioning normally, with full service levels available. However, borehole and river levels remain historically low and Irish Water said it must provide for potentially dry weather during September.
Irish Water said the first four weeks of August saw some periods of rainfall nationally. In the North and West of the country, this has resulted in increased flows in rivers, some recovery in lake levels, which have been confirmed by the OPW and ESB monitoring data. In these areas, in particular, Irish Water has been able to scale back the emergency measures put in place during July, with the majority of water supplies working normally.
Advice on water conservation measures are available on their website www.water.ie