Garden centres facing huge demand for watering cans following hosepipe ban

The President of the Irish Farmers Association has said that the lack of grass growth is adding a lot of extra cost for farmers

The President of the Irish Farmers Association has said that the lack of grass growth is adding a lot of extra cost for farmers

While householders are banned from hosing flowers in the ongoing heatwave, and face fines of up to £1,000 if caught, the use of watering cans is still allowed.

"We can all take simple steps to reduce the amount of water we use, and it is important that the council leads by example".

The water supply manager said there has been a "slight reduction" in water usage over the weekend.

People can get in touch with Irish Water to report their neighbours if they think they're wasting water. "We are tankering water from larger schemes to top up reservoirs where levels are falling".

Elsewhere in the Midlands, the Portlaoise water supply and the Derryguile Water Treatment Plant in particular is coming under pressure with a potential impact on approximately 5,000 people. Here is everything you need to know about a hosepipe ban, including why it's enforced, what you can and can't do, and what happens if you're found to be breaking the rules.

The challenge is that demand for water is unprecedented.

Irish Water could extend the ban to other areas and are warning there could be shortages right through the Autumn following an exceptionally dry few months.

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- use of water for filling or replenishing an artificial pond (excluding fish ponds), lake or similar application.

Irish Water has supplied us with contact details for its senior personnel on the ground.

"We are asking customers to take heed of the hosepipe ban and stop non-essential water use - using hoses and sprinklers is causing demand to exceed the capacity to supply".

Continuing, the IFA president added: "You're talking about an average cost of about 25c/kg DM of meal, 20c/kg for silage, and that compares to 8-10c/kg for grass - so that's the extra cost that farmers are enduring".

"Irish Water's priority is to minimise the impact on homes and businesses, particularly during this period of holidays and high tourism".

"Local authority crews supported by contractor resources are working to maximise water availability, though managing pressures to the minimum which avoids loss of supply and fix leaks on the public network".

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