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Water shortages still affecting supplies

Monday, 9th July, 2018 10:19am

Water shortages are continuing to be an issue in some parts of Cork as the unprecedented good weather continues. 

Water restrictions are still in place in Clonakilty, Crosshaven and Kealkill, according to Cork County Council. Water is being tankered in to reservoirs in the distribution system in Clonakilty and Freemount, which the Council says is working well.

The County Council said it is continuing to manage the county's water supply as the country’s hot weather is set to continue.

Despite light showers being forecast for later in the week, parts of the county are still experiencing water issues, with a hosepipe ban implemented across Ireland last week to conserve supplies. The ban will remain in place until midnight on 31 July.

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

Following a second convening of the Council’s Water Conservation Management Group, new measures to help conserve water supplies are being introduced:

- All vacant council houses/properties are being checked for leaks

- All beach showers will be shut off for the duration of the drought

- All public toilets being checked for running taps, leaks, flushing malfunctions

- Leakage identification and repair is being prioritised on the schemes where the supply is under most pressure. The Council is working with Irish Water to facilitate quick intervention by Irish Water’s first fix contractor where significant customer side leaks have been identified. This can have a big impact on some of the schemes under pressure.

Cork County Council staff are monitoring water usage across all services, focusing in particular on any leaks within Council properties or extraordinary usage.

 

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