Wexford taps turned on by Wicklow water

By Dan Walsh

The prolonged dry spell of weather is causing low water flows from the Askamore Spring Intake but Wexford County Council has been spared desperate measures with a little help from across the hills in Wicklow following a neighbourly request.

At the June meeting of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, held in conjunction with social distancing best practice in Gorey Library, Engineer Barry Hammel, told members that Wexford contacted Wicklow County Council and Irish Water to partially supply Askamore Water Supply Scheme and benefitted from the Tinahely/Carnew Regional Supply at Umrigar, near Carnew.

In other water supply news, it was noted that the water levels at the Pallas Settlement Tanks were dropping off significantly and the Council sand-bagged the Bann River at Pallas Intake to safeguard the water supply to Gorey.

A leak at Pallas estimated to be losing approximately 10 cublic meters of water an hour was successfully repaired. Other leakages at Sean Lois in Gorey town and at Donaghmore were also repaired recently.

Low water levels during the dry spell of weather is putting pressure on water supplies in North Wexford

Irish Water introduced a National Water Conservation Order commonly referred to as a ‘hosepipe ban’ and other non-essential uses of water until July 21st due to increased domestic and commercial demand as businesses are reopened being exacerbated by warm weather and the widespread emergence of drought conditions.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: