15 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Irish Water has confirmed that a National Water Conservation Order – commonly referred to as a hosepipe ban – will be in place from Tuesday June 9 until Tuesday July 21. “Four weeks ago, Irish Water urged the public to choose handwashing over power washing as domestic water usage increased as people stayed at home in response to the Covid-19 crisis,” a media release stated.

“Now, the increased domestic demand and increase in commercial demand as businesses are reopening is being exacerbated by warm weather and the widespread emergence of drought conditions. “The Water Conservation Order has been issued in a bid to safeguard water supplies for essential purposes. Advertisements have appeared in the national newspapers in line with statutory requirements outlining the prohibition of the use of garden hoses and other non-essential uses of water.

“Met Eireann has confirmed that May 2020 was the driest since 1850. Their data shows that temperatures were above average in nearly all areas and rainfall totals in every county were below average for the season, with the Greater Dublin Area, Westmeath, Sligo and Tipperary experiencing…

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