Water Shortages Could Extend Into Autumn

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Emergency measures have been enforced to tackle the drought in Leinster. People living in parts of Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Meath are banned from using a hose until the end of July. Irish Water could extend the ban to other areas and are warning there could be shortages right through the Autumn following an exceptionally dry few months.

Irish Water say they don’t want to be draconian in how they impose the hosepipe ban. They’re asking people to use common sense and not use water unnecessarily.You can’t use a hose to water your plants but you can use a bucket. The Taoiseach says legislation is in place to prosecute or fine people but they don’t want to have to go down that route. People can get in touch with Irish Water to report their neighbours if they think they’re wasting water.

The ban is in place until the 31st of July and water levels are being monitored daily before a call is made on extending the ban elsewhere. Irish Water’s Mark McAuley is hoping each of us will continue to be more conscious of using water in a sustainable way even after the drought is over.

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