Goleen could face water rationing due to dry spell

July 30th, 2018 2:00 PM

By Brian Moore

Goleen Tanker.

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THE residents of Goleen could face water rationing within two weeks if the current drought conditions continue, Cllr Danny Collins (Ind)  has told The Southern Star.

Fresh water tankers were deployed by Irish Water recently when locals reported water discolouration, which was discovered to have been caused by an algae bloom at the local reservoir.

The Goleen reservoir has now been cleansed and full water supplies have been restored to the village and the surrounding areas.

‘I want to thank Irish Water and Cork County Council for their prompt action and for the water tankers that delivered drinking water to Goleen,’ Cllr Collins said. However, with the continuing lack of rainfall, the reservoir is running low and the residents could face water rationing if this situtation continues for much longer. 

As the drought conditions continue across the country, the people of  West Cork are being asked to continue to conserve water.

Cork County Council’s Water Conservation Management Team convened again this week and have asked members of the public to conserve water, while also acknowledging the co-operation of the public to date. Although there are small amounts of rain forecast in the coming days, experts believe that this will not be sufficient to improve the drought conditions.

Updates on restrictions are available through Irish Water’s website and through the Council’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

‘Drinking water sources will remain depleted in the coming weeks and, depending on summer conditions, further problems may be experienced in their months ahead,’ a spokesperson for Cork County Council said.  ‘The public are therefore advised to continue to conserve water and to report any leaks as soon as possible. Cork County Council’s Water Conservation Management Team will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and issue further advice as required.’

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