WATER supplies in Donegal are once again under pressure as the warm dry weather continues. There is huge demand for drinking water on the Lough Mourne Water Supply and Irish Water is appealing for the public to reduce usage.
Demand for water in Ballybofey, Stranorlar, Killygordon, Liscooley, Lifford, Castelfinn, Ballindrait, Ballynacor, Tievebrack, Glenfin Road and Cloghan remains higher than previous years’ average daily demand, according to the utility company.
Irish Water and Donegal County Council are jointly appealing to residents, farmers, agricultural contractors, businesses and visitors to conserve water wherever possible to ensure a consistent supply for everyone. They are advising the public to stop using power washers at home; use a watering can rather than a hose in the garden; take showers over baths; and fix any dripping taps where it is possible to do so.
Speaking about the continuing need to conserve water, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead for Donegal, Kevin Love said: “We are asking the public to conserve water where possible and to only use what they need whilst continuing to adhere to public health advice regarding COVID-19. We want to ensure we can meet the demands on our water supplies as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxing and the hospitality sectors reopen for business.
“It is really important that everyone follows the HSE guidance on handwashing, however there are some ways to conserve water that will not impact on hygiene.”