Ir­ish Wa­ter to re­view hosepipe ban fol­low­ing heavy rain­fall

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Ir­ish Wa­ter is re­view­ing the need for a wa­ter con­ser­va­tion or­der, also known as a hosepipe ban, due to the heavy rain­fall and im­prov­ing ground­wa­ter con­di­tions in re­cent weeks.

The util­ity im­posed the con­ser­va­tion or­der on June 9th, and it was ex­pected to re­main in place un­til July 21st. The or­der was put in place to “safe­guard” wa­ter for es­sen­tial pur­poses in light of the un­sea­son­ably dry weather.

How­ever, there has been above-av­er­age rain­fall in many ar­eas of the coun­try in the past cou­ple of weeks, which has re­sulted in the re­cov­ery of some of the wa­ter sup­plies that were in drought or at risk of drought.

The util­ity will meet Met Éire­ann, the Of­fice of Pub­lic Works, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and other key stake­hold­ers to con­sider lift­ing or par­tially lift­ing the wa­ter con­ser­va­tion or­der early next week.

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