County Waterford communities hit by water shortages
Waterford residents are being asked to conserve water following a technical issue that arose in a reservoir over the weekend that is affecting supplies.
Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council today issued a notice instructing customers in the Kill, Ballylaneen, Bunmahon, Ballyvadden, Kildwan, Ballinasissla, Annestown and Kilmurrin areas to conserve their water for the foreseeable future.
The council say the technical issue has brought about a reduction in water production at the affected reservoir which supplies much of central county Waterford and coastal areas between Tramore and the Gold Coast.
The water levels are already depleted due to a lack of rain over recent months.
The notice from the local authority said: “Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council is appealing to the public to continue to conserve water at this time, to ensure that supply can be maintained to all of those on the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon Water Supply Scheme.
“A technical issue occurred at the water treatment plant supplying the Ballylaneen, Kill and Bonmahon Water Supply Scheme over the weekend. This resulted in reduced treated water production and the level available in the reservoir is very low as a result.
“Irish Water and Waterford City and County Council are appealing to the public to conserve water in particular over the next couple of days, to ensure that water supply can be maintained to these areas.
“It is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance on hand-washing at this time and while handwashing remains a priority, simple water conservation efforts can have a big impact on reducing demand on the supply.
“Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving can save up to six litres of water per minute. Taking a shower instead of a bath, or using a watering can rather than a hose when gardening can also make a big difference in water use.
“We are also reminding people with responsibility for properties that are currently unoccupied to check for leaks and turn off water where it is not required.
“Irish Water is working at this time with our local authority partners, contractors, and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public, and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services,” the statement concluded.