By Dan Walsh
A few water schemes in rural Wexford are facing potential drought due to high demand with two plants at Taylorstown in the south and Creagh in the north of the county causing most concern and the situation is unlikely to change in the short term.
Brian O’Leary from Irish Water says, “Unfortunately short periods of rainfall, such as those we have experienced last week, are not sufficient to return raw water sources to normal levels. A minimum accumulation of 100mm rainfall and a return to normal precipitation levels thereafter would be needed to offset the impact of the unseasonal lack of rainfall since March.
The Taylorstown water treatment plant serves areas such as Wellingtonbridge, Carrig-on-Bannow, Clongeen, Ballycullane, Ramsgrange, Hook, Templetown, Arthurstown, Duncannon, Fethard-on-Sea and Campile is experiencing very high demand.
So too has the Creagh Water treatment plant which serves areas such as parts of Gorey, Ballytegan, Clonattin Upper, Clonattin Lower, Goreybridge, Mill Lands, Courteencurragh, Creagh Demesne and Ballyowen/Ramsfort Park. The Askamore-Dunishal supply is also in high demand with an extra 15-20% being used in these areas.
A Water Conservation Order operational from June 8th was due to the exceptionally dry spring, the driest for 70 years in some parts of the country according to Met Éireann.