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Weather wreaks water havoc

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 4:44pm

Despite all the beach days and ice creams, not everything is sunny with the current heatwave.

The soaring temperatures have caused water issues around the country with Irish Water imposing a ban on hosepipes in the greater Dublin area.

While the ban is yet to be extended to Cork, low water pressure has led to water shortages in some areas of the county.

Irish Water currently has restrictions in place in Ballyhooly village and Araglin, where some residents have been left without a water supply.

There were also restrictions yesterday in Youghal, Cloheen and surrounding areas in Clonakilty.

Speaking to Patricia Messinger on C103’s ‘Cork Today’ show, Ballyhooly resident Josephine O’Driscoll said she hasn’t had running water in her house during the hot spell.

“This is an ongoing issue for the last 11 years in Ballyhooly,” she said. “My main bathroom has been out of action since the second week in May. There isn’t even enough water to flush the toilet or have a shower. Every time we want to flush the downstairs toilet we have to fill up the cistern.”

There will be a public meeting on Sunday 8 July at 8pm in the community centre in Ballyhooly to discuss the water shortage.

A statement from Ervia said stationary tankers had been set up in Ballyhooly and Araglin and that tankers were being replaced every 48 hours to supplement the current lack of supply.

“Extensive efforts have been ongoing for several weeks in the detection and repair of leaks on these priority schemes to prevent excess losses on the system and to maximise water availability. If a leak is observed on the public network, or on the private-side, contact can be made with Irish Water on 1850 278 278,” it said.

Cork County Council urged users to do what they could to save water, such as having showers instead of baths, hand washing dishes and using watering cans rather than hoses.

“Cork County Council is anxious to ensure public water is conserved as much as possible and has established a Water Conservation Management Group in response to the current weather conditions to help manage supplies across the county,” it said.”

“Together with Irish Water, the Council is calling on communities and businesses across Cork to be mindful of all consumption of public water. Every effort made by the public, at home or at work will help to alleviate pressure on the water system.”

For the latest up to date info on water outages

and restrictions go to water.ie.

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