The National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) is asking group water scheme (GWS) members to please conserve water and check for leaks at home and on the farm during this particularly dry spell.
As the high water demand currently being experienced has potential implications for human health, members are urged to use water wisely and to avoid all unnecessary use.
Along with having less water available, the increase in water demand can put pressure on treatment systems. These systems have a design capacity and where this is exceeded, treatment systems (especially filtration) cannot operate as effectively. This increases the risk of contaminants entering the drinking water supply.
Algal blooms that arise on many of our lake sources also impacts filtration systems at this time of year. For spring supplies, as the aquifer is depleted, raw water quality deteriorates and this too puts pressure on treatment plants. Any unnecessary usage that speeds up the depletion of these groundwater sources should, therefore, be avoided.
Barry Deane, CEO of the NFGWS, said: ‘We are asking members on group water schemes to please reduce their water consumption and to report any leaks that they see to their local GWS management committee.’
To conserve water, people can turn their taps off when brushing their teeth, fill a jug of water and keep it in the fridge instead of running a tap multiple times a day, take a short shower instead of a bath, and put away the hosepipe and power washer. Paddling pools — while great fun — can waste a large amount of water. Farmers are asked to regularly check their drinking troughs and other areas of the farm for leaks.
Visit www.nfgws.ie for further water conservation advice.
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