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Public told they have to protect water supplies amid dry weather

Uisce Éireann is calling on people to help protect water supplies in persistent dry weather.

The national water company, formerly known as Irish Water, says most water supplies are operating normally and there are currently no plans to introduce widespread water restrictions, reports RTR.

However, the company says “temporary, night-time water restrictions” are in place in a few areas.

Moreover, the company says overnight restrictions had to remain in place at Clonakilty in Cork and in Inis Oírr in Galway.

They say these restrictions are in place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. to maintain an adequate supply during the day, reports RTE.

Met Éireann’s report for the past month shows that rainfall has been below average everywhere, especially in the east of the country with prolonged dry spells.

Speaking to RTÉ’s News at One programme, Met Éireann meteorologist Paul Downes said the eastern half of the country had been hardest hit and some weather stations had been recording dry spells since May 15.

Mr Downes said there was still a long way to go and a lot could change. He said we might get a few isolated showers in the northwest before then, but they weren’t expecting much rain from them.

Met Éireann says around 10 to 15 weather stations are currently in what is called an “absolute drought”, reports RTE.

In a statement, Uisce Eireann said a short dry spell would not lead to water shortages or drought, but they urged the public to help protect vital water supplies.

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