PADDLING pools have Irish Water’s blessing for the heatwave but the public are being asked not to waste water as some supplies come under pressure.
Water bosses say it’s okay to fill up a pool for some backyard fun — just don’t empty it down the drain afterwards.
“Paddling pools and swimming pools can use huge amounts of water, so try to minimize the amount used and consider reusing the water for gardening or cleaning the car,” they said.
It’s part a gentle warning that while supplies are generally healthy, demand is expected to pick up as the tourist season gets busier.
The increase in temperature forecast for the next few days will also cause demand to skyrocket and the drought will reduce reserves.
“Some rural areas have come under pressure, particularly in the South and Midlands,” Irish Water said.
It said it was already taking action to manage and protect stockpiles in parts of Counties Cork and Tipperary, Carron in Co Clare and Inis Oirr in Co Galway.”
Most drinking water comes from rivers and lakes, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest water level report shows mixed readings for June.
More than half of the rivers (57 percent) were normal or above normal for the season, as were 56 percent of the lakes and turloughs, but 67 percent of groundwater sources had lower-than-normal levels.
So while some areas were closely monitored for a further drop in levels, farmers along stretches of the Shannon this week asked action to be taken to save their sodden crops.
Irish Water’s Tom Cuddy said the utility is applying for protection now to try to avoid any need for restrictions whatever the rest of the summer weather brings.
“It’s important that we all think about our water consumption and look for simple but effective ways to save water,” he said.
“Even small changes can make a big difference. By reducing water use in paddling pools, shutting off the hose and avoiding high-pressure washing, we can all help ensure there is enough water for everyone in the summer.”
The company also asked to check outdoor faucets for leaks, report leaks in common areas, and consider installing a rain barrel to catch rain.
When tending gardens, the best practice is to plant in the ground rather than pots whenever possible, water in the evenings, use a rosehead watering can rather than a hose, and aim directly at the roots, and add a layer of bark mulch or similar planting material to prevent the soil from drying out.
Irish Water has since lifted the ban notice for Cootehill, Co. Cavan, where the supply has been identified as an immediate health risk due to high levels of manganese.
People in the city had to fetch water from tank trucks or buy bottled supplies for ten days.
Peter Gallagher, Irish Water’s regional operations manager, said the company regrets the inconvenience caused.
“Irish Water and the local authority/health service water liaison group will continue to meet and review ongoing process control, monitoring and testing of the drinking water supply,” he said.
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