Sensible water usage urged for Wexford

By Dan Walsh

Irish Water has plans to upgrade the Vinegar Hill Water Treatment plant to bring a safer and more reliable supply to homes and businesses in Enniscorthy. Similarly, an upgrade is planned for the Newtown Water Treatment Plant in Wexford town. This will bring a more robust and safer supply to 20,000 people around the town.

Since March, Irish Water has been carefully monitoring all raw water sources in county Wexford, that is the water from lakes, rivers, springs and ground sources that feed water treatment plants.

Speaking about the developing situation, Irish Water’s Regional Operations Manager Jim Fitzgerald said: “We are appealing to the public in Wexford to be mindful of how they use their water at home, as we have had a very dry period recently. As the busy summer holiday period kicks in, many people will be outdoors a lot more, watering the garden or washing cars. We are just asking people to be sensible about how they use their water so that we have enough for everyone to use during the daytime and that the businesses of Wexford can function to their optimal.

“The prolonged dry weather has exacerbated the demand on water. Our main areas of concern at the moment would be the Wexford Town and Enniscorthy areas as they have on-going supply issues, but we also have challenges elsewhere in the county such as Bunclody. Water is such a precious natural resource, and we are working hard along with our colleagues in Wexford County Council to ensure the people in Wexford have a safe and reliable water supply.”

New research by Irish Water shows over half of Irish households (53%) admit to wasting water, despite 78% acknowledging it’s important to take steps to conserve it. The news comes as Irish Water launches a new Conservation Calculator, which will assist households across the country to assess their water usage habits and find out how much water they are saving on a daily basis. It also offers useful and practical tips on how to reduce water usage and track their progress. Pictured at the launch of Irish Water new Conservation Calculator were pupils from Scoil Treasa Naofa, Dublin 8, Mia Fahy (age 9), Abdullah Bilal (age 11), Amira Dziri (age 8), Yataro Tsuba (age 11), Cali Atkinson (age 7), Eve McLean (age 11), Abderahim Taicha (age 7), Mohnish Shaniloll (age 10) and Asmaa Ibn El Banna (age 11). Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website. Irish Water and Wexford County Council regret any inconvenience caused.

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