By Rose Barrett
As temperatures look set to remain high for the rest of the week, Irish Water is urging Dubliners to conserve water, so as to ensure a consistent supply for all during the heatwave.
Irish Water saw an increase in domestic and commercial demand for water in recent days, as the Irish staycation kicked in and many took to the coast and Dublin beaches to cool off.
With temperatures rising possibly 24 degrees, the public are asked to take some simple measures to conserve water in their homes, businesses and on farms.
Small changes can have lasting results.
Here are Irish Water main tips:
- – Take a shorter shower and save up to 10 litres of water per minute!
- – Fix dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home
- – When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tap and save up to 6 litres of water per minute
- – Save water collected from baths, showers, and hand basins and re-use in the garden
- – Avoid using paddling pools
- – In the garden, use a rose head watering can instead of a hose and aim for the roots
- – If you need to wash your car, use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose
- – Check for leaking pipes and report leaks to Irish Water at 1800 278 278.
Tom Cuddy, Irish Water’s Head of Asset Operations, said: “We would like to wish the Irish public well as they enjoy some well-deserved sun and staycations this summer.
“We are continuing to work with our local authority partners to ensure everyone enjoys a reliable water supply during the summer spell and beyond.
“Conserving water is something that we should be doing all year-round, not just when supplies come under pressure due to drought conditions and seasonal increases in demand,” he said.
Mr Cuddy especially appealed to Dubliners to double their efforts in conserving water during the months of July and August.
“This applies particularly to tourist hotspots, in popular coastal regions and tourist destinations throughout the county of which we are lucky to have so many and where large influxes of visitors are expected.
“As rivers, lakes and groundwater levels reduce through the summer and autumn period, there is less water available for supply, while at the same time the warmer weather gives rise to increased water demands for domestic, agricultural and leisure uses.”
With the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, he concluded: “Safeguarding the supply of water is essential at this time when handwashing and hygiene is of critical importance. We are calling on everyone to play their part.”