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Water levels continue to fall despite recent rainfall

Water levels continue to fall despite recent rainfall

Water levels continue to fall despite recent rainfall

Some of the water supply remains at risk of going into drought, despite recent rainfall according to Irish Water.

The Rathdrum water supply remains in drought while the water supplies at Barnadarrig and Kirikee are also at risk of potentially going into drought, Irish Water has warned.

John O'Donoghue, Regional Operations Manager, Irish Water said, 'Unfortunately short periods of rainfall, such as those we have experienced last week, are not sufficient to return raw water sources to normal level.

'A minimum accumulation of 100mm rainfall and a return to normal precipitation levels thereafter would be needed to offset the impact of the unseasonal lack of rainfall since March. We are keeping the situation under continuous review and are liaising closely with other key agencies such as Met √Čireann, the Office of Public Works, the Environmental Protection Agency, amongst others and if the situation improves we will consider lifting the Water Conservation Order.

'However any change is unlikely in the short term. We would like to thank the public for their cooperation and the efforts they have made to conserve water in their homes and gardens over the last couple of weeks and to appeal to them to continue supporting us in safeguarding water for essential uses.'

The national water utility said the number of schemes in drought around the country has increased from 27 to 37 and the ones in potential drought has grown from 50 to 59 since the start of the national water conservation order on June 8.

The water conservation order applies to all domestic settings. It bans the use of garden hosepipes and other non-essential uses of water by domestic users and commercial premises for non-commercial activities such as watering a garden attached to the business.

The hosepipe ban is due to remain in force until 12 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21.

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