Hosepipe ban for County Kildare

Highs of 88F will today create the perfect day for sunbathing but the Met Office has issued warnings that UV as well as pollen levels are very high across the country

It's calling on customers to reduce their consumption over the weekend - by not using sprinklers and swapping baths for showers.

As well as reducing consumption, we are appealing to the public to report leaks on the public water network and to fix private side leaks in both homes and in businesses.

From today, people in the Greater Dublin Area face fines of €125 if they flout the hosepipe ban, which is to last until the end of the month.

The ban is usually introduced when it's particularly hot outside, as the demand for water is a lot higher than usual.

Elsewhere in the Midlands, the Portlaoise water supply and the Derryguile Water Treatment Plant in particular is coming under pressure with a potential impact on approximately 5,000 people.

Irish Water has announced a nationwide hosepipe ban will come into effect from 8am on Friday and will remain in place until midnight on 31 July as a drought continues across the country. "Once you go over that volume then you risk water quality and we can't put out water that's not treated to compliance standards".

Water efficiency manager, Doug Clarke, added: "Demand for water is massively up thanks to several weeks of extremely hot weather".

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With no rainfall expected this week, the firm is encouraging its five million customers to use water more wisely in order to help ensure that the huge demand can continue to be met.

So. don't use a hosepipe to avoid having a hosepipe ban.am I missing something here??

The last hosepipe ban in the north was 23 years ago.

"We are tankering water from larger schemes to top up reservoirs where levels are falling and trying to protect borderline supplies so as to protect water supply to homes and businesses".

The society said horses on housing estates are an ongoing problem in the Dublin area but they have seen an increase in calls since heatwave began.

Irish Water has also appealed for the public to report leaks on the public water network and to fix private leaks in homes and businesses.

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