Liffey Descent canceled due to ‘extremely low’ water levels after warm summer months

The Liffey Descent canoe race has been canceled due to “extremely” low levels in the reservoir that supplies the river.

Organizers said the race, which was due to take place on September 10, could be pushed back to April to “alleviate the annual problem with water levels, which has become more problematic in recent years”.

In a statement released on Tuesday, race organizers said they had made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event “in the best interest of the health, safety and enjoyment of the participants.”

“Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a difficult position as we head into Liffey Descent 2022. The warm summer has resulted in extremely low levels in the reservoir that feeds the River Liffey, with no hope of mitigating rainfall in line with the long-term forecast,” the statement said.

“We are exploring the possibility of moving the race to April to address the annual water level issue that has become more problematic in recent years. If this plan works, we will offer you the opportunity to move your entry to the new date.

“At this point we wanted to give you as much notice of the cancellation as possible so please be patient while we work through our options.

“We understand that Liffey Descent holds a special place on your calendar and we share your disappointment that it will not take place this year. We will be in touch with updates when we have a firm decision regarding the dates.”

This comes as Irish Water issued a hosepipe ban on 40,000 people using 30 badly depleted supplies in West Cork, where water levels have dropped to “historic lows”.

It went into effect at midnight on Monday and will run for four weeks, but may be extended if there isn’t enough rain to replenish supplies by then.

Irish Water is also warning that other parts of the country, particularly Wexford, Galway, Tipperary and Kerry, need interventions such as tanker shipping and pressure reduction to keep taps running. Liffey Descent canceled due to ‘extremely low’ water levels after warm summer months

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