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Appeal for water conservation during dry spell 27.06.18

IRISH Water is appealing to the public to conserve water as a prolonged dry spell has been predicted by Met Éireann. In several areas around the country where water supplies were already under pressure, warm weather has exacerbated the situation.
Demand for water is increasing while levels in rivers and lakes are dropping significantly which means that is there is less water available to supply homes and businesses. This year has seen extended dry spells and Met Éireann has compared this to 1976 when drought conditions were experienced across the country.
Already some areas in Athlone, Kilkenny and north Dublin have experienced outages and restrictions whilst areas in Donegal have also been identified as being at risk.
Today's forecast: Dry, sunny and very warm today with light east to southeast breezes. Hot inland this afternoon with temperatures of 28 Celsius, a refreshing breeze off the sea will keep temperatures about 22 degrees on the coast.

Commenting on the ongoing situation, Irish Water’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Kate Gannon said, “Irish Water’s Leakage Reduction Programme has teams on the ground now but we also need the public’s support to help reduce water usage. The top three measures that people can take are not using a hose to water the garden or wash cars; keeping paddling pools very shallow if they are being used and taking short showers rather than baths.
This is a very serious situation and we are seeking the public’s help. Every effort the public make to conserve water will benefit them and their community.”

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