January 21, 2021
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Water supplies across Waterford city and county ‘at critically low levels’

Water supplies throughout the city and county are now at “critically low levels”, according to the chief executive of the local authority.

In his latest briefing to local councillors, Waterford City and County Council CEO Michael Walsh said supplies across the county are being monitored “on a daily basis”. But he warned: “It is probable some of these may completely dry up in the coming weeks.”

Mr Walsh added: “Arrangements are being put in place through Irish Water for the provision of back up emergency water supply should this occur.

The council chief’s warning comes as Irish Water announced a hosepipe ban, which came into effect this week and will be in place for the next six weeks at least.

The council has urged householders and businesses to conserve water “where at all possible” over the coming weeks to combat the drought.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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