20 Aug 2022

Hosepipe ban lifted as rainfall increases but some Carlow areas remain vulnerable

Customers are being asked to continue to conserve water where possible


The hosepipe ban has been lifted

Irish Water can confirm that as of today (25 September) that the remaining Water Conservation Orders affecting Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Laois, Offaly, Wicklow, Meath, Westmeath, Louth and Dublin have now been lifted.

The Irish Water Board met and reviewed the data that indicates that the reduction in demand, the availability of water resources and the prevailing weather conditions mean that the justification for the Water Conservation Order no longer applies, however with some schemes in Kilkenny and Carlow still at risk, customers are being asked to continue to conserve water where possible.

In Kilkenny and Carlow, customers are asked to continue to conserve water where possible as some schemes in Bennettsbridge, Clogh and Castlecomer remain on night time restrictions.

Irish Water’s Engineering expert Kate Gannon said: "The Water Conservation Orders were vital for reducing significant peaks in demand that Irish Water witnessed in early June 2018. The Orders, combined with the excellent conservation efforts made by homes and businesses across the country prevented major outages to water supplies in many communities.

"As rainfall is returning to more average rates, our water sources which were very dry during the summer can recharge more quickly.

“In the Greater Dublin Area, where we were very concerned about the levels in the Poulaphuca reservoir, the rate of decline has decreased significantly and the probability of an outage is now very low. Levels at the Inniscarra dam in Cork, Lough Guitane in Kerry and Lough Owel in Mullingar have all stablised and are recovering.

“While this is very welcome news, it is essential that people continue to conserve water. We are really grateful for all the efforts people made over the past few months in their homes and businesses. It was really encouraging to see. Conserving water will make our water sources more resilient and help to safeguard our water for the future benefiting communities all across the country.”

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