Heatwave prompts hose ban in N.Ireland

Highs of 88F will today create the perfect day for sunbathing but the Met Office has issued warnings that UV as well as pollen levels are very high across the country

Highs of 88F will today create the perfect day for sunbathing but the Met Office has issued warnings that UV as well as pollen levels are very high across the country

Irish Water said that these urgent conservation messages are of critical importance to marginal supply areas across the country.

"As well as reducing consumption, we are appealing to the public to report leaks on the public water network to 1850 278 278 and to fix private side leaks in both homes and in businesses", said an Irish Water spokesperson. Temperatures reached 32 degrees Celsius (89.6 F) in June, just short of the highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland.

Irish Water is using all tools available to promote water conservation and to protect our water supplies including mobilising leakage fix teams and has imposed a Water Conservation Order in the Greater Dublin Area which comes into effect tomorrow Monday, 2 July.

Similar drought orders have been introduced in Northern Ireland and in British water utilities and operate by mobilizing public support for responsible behavior.

Britain is also sweltering during one of the longest spells of hot, sunny weather for years, but a wet spring means most parts of the United Kingdom are not experiencing drought.

The call follows Irish Water's decision to issue a hose pipe ban across the greater Dublin area. But they aren't setting out to catch people so they can fine or prosecute them during the water conservation period. "I hope that residents will also respond by cutting back on the amount of water that they use too".

However, Anglian Water has revealed the water table is not as low as you might think and have ruled out the need for a hosepipe ban this year.

People are not allowed to use a hosepipe to water their garden, wash their vehicle or private boat, or to fill or maintain a swimming or paddling pool, pond or fountain.

For watering your plants, and lawn, why not re-use the water you have already used to wash your fruit and vegetables or even to clean the dishes?

It's calling on customers to reduce their consumption over the weekend - by not using sprinklers and swapping baths for showers.

It is essential that our water supply resources are conserved to help avoid further restrictions and outages over the coming weeks and months.

The ban now applies only to the greater Dublin region, however Irish Water intend to examine over 100 at-risk schemes for the possible application of the ban.

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