Months after Cape Town suffered from severe water crisis that forced residents to cut down the water usage to survive Day Zero, similar situation has surfaced in Dublin as they started to run out of water that has forced Irish Water to Hosepipe ban.
Look at how the situation has come up for Irish Water to act against excessive use of water.
What is Hosepipe ban? What does it cover?
Hosepipe as we all know is prohibited to use until 31st of July. Which means, residents are not allowed to water their potted plants and garden using hosepipe. Instead, people can water the garden and plants using a water can. An attempt to restrict excessive use of water through hosepipe ban.
Where is the ban imposed?
For now, it is across wider Dublin region, but the number is soon expected to increase due to heatwaves. An Irish Spokesperson mentioned that 100 other areas in the country are running short of water supply, where they are looking at imposing the ban for water conservation.
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How is it implemented?
Irish Water Board encourages people to take the initiative to report any mis-usage of water at their neighborhoods to a toll-free number 1850 278 278.
A fine of €125 will be imposed on the person for breaching the conservation order during the crunch times.
What made Irish Water to ban hosepipe?
Irish water scheme produces around 610 million litres of water a day for regular use.
An average of 565 million litres a day is required for regular use. Since the heatwave started, the demand for water has gone up and Irish water is looking at 615 million litres of water a day to meet the demand which caused to water stress situation.
So, to handle the situation better, Irish water board has banned hosepipe use for a month and asked people to limit the use of water as much as they can. Taking showers for less time can help in saving lots of water just like how Cape Town dealt with the situation earlier this year.
Cape Town situation has not only given world an indication of what’s in stock for future, but also has sent a stern warning on how horrendous future can be without access to safe water.
And now, Ireland water stress situation is no surprise to the world.
It was Cape Town once, Dublin now, and your city is not too far away from facing the worst water crisis ever. Take a pledge and act responsible.