30 Nov 2021

Irish Water appeal to the public not to waste water during the heatwave

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With the heatwave set to build Irish Water is monitoring supplies and appealed to the public to be aware of their usage as some areas are already under pressure. 

The State company said there are no issues as yet in Laois but supplies are being monitored. There are concerns in nearby counties.

"Irish Water is responsible for supplying drinking water to over 80% of the population through almost 1,000 public water supply schemes. We carefully monitor demand and supply across all of these supplies. We are monitoring the water supplies in Laois and currently, all supplies are operating normally," it said.

However, the company said that counties near Laois are under closer scrutiny. 

"Irish Water’s Drought Management Group has been meeting regularly to assess at-risk supplies that include the midlands, particularly Athlone and Mullingar, parts of Offaly, Kilkenny, parts of Donegal and the Greater Dublin Area where demand for treated water almost meets supply availability regularly," it said.

During warm weather, Irish carries out extra monitoring and takes acting ranging from conservation appeals to application of restrictions when supplies become critical.

The company said the Dublin region is currently using around 600 million litres of water a day which is close to the maximum level of water that can be treated on a daily basis. 

Irish Water’s Top Tips for Conserving Water:

Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes.
Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water.
Shower vs. Bath: The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving.
Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five-minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills. 
Don’t flush it all away: A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water. 
Don’t forget to collect: Rainwater is excellent for your garden. Collect it in a water butt from your gutters but always make sure to securely cover the large container for safety.

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