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Inishowen urged to conserve water 12.05.20

WITH people adhering to government advice and staying at home since mid-March in response to the Covid-19 crisis, Irish Water has confirmed that there has been a significant increase in household water usage across county Donegal.
New domestic metering data has revealed that households are using an additional 24 litres of water per person per day, a 20% increase from February.
Non-domestic water usage has decreased with many businesses, construction sites, schools, colleges, gyms, hotels, bars and restaurants temporarily closed. This reduction has helped to off-set some of the domestic demand, however as domestic usage represents two thirds of overall demand, the water supply is still under pressure.
There are some simple measures that the public can take including stopping the use of powerwashers at home; using a watering can rather than a hose in the garden; taking showers over baths; and fixing any dripping taps where it is possible to do so. There is advice and guidance for homes, businesses and farms, including information on how much water you can save with simple measures on www.water.ie .
Speaking about the need to conserve water, Irish Water’s Drinking Water Lead for Donegal, Kevin Love said, “It is really important that everyone follows the HSE guidance on handwashing, however there are some ways to conserve water that will not impact on hygiene. We are also conscious that we have had an extremely dry spell so we are continually monitoring our water sources for any signs of drought. Currently we are closely monitoring the raw water sources for Pettigo, Letterkenny, Lettermacward and Lough Mourne which are depleting due to a lack of rainfall and putting measures in place to minimise any potential interruption to supply due to water shortages."
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