NI Water has thanked the public for their assistance in helping to reduce water usage but warned that demand is still 30% higher than normal.
The company’s CEO Sara Venning comments, “We would like to thank all our customers who are working with us to limit their water usage. However, demand remains much higher than normal, particularly during peak times, so we are still struggling to get water around the system quickly enough
“By helping us, you are in fact helping yourself, as the ultimate penalty for using water unnecessarily is not a fine it is the heightened risk of widespread supply interruptions.
“We continue to maximise our water production and I am grateful to our dedicated workforce who are working continuously day and night to ensure we keep customers in supply. We have also been aided by a wonderful response from business who have supplied tankers to augment our own fleet enabling us to service reservoirs most at risk.”
Use tap water for the essentials, like drinking, cooking and washing.
The following activities are prohibited during this period:
- Watering a garden using a hosepipe;
- Watering outdoor plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe;
- Drawing water, using a hosepipe for domestic recreational use;
- Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool using a hosepipe;
- Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe;
- Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe;
- Cleaning a private motor vehicle using a hosepipe;
- Cleaning walls or windows of domestic premises using a hosepipe;
- Cleaning paths or patios of domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe;
The hosepipe ban, for now, applies to domestic usage only. Business customers currently are not impacted as it is recognised they rely on water use for their livelihood and may already have water efficient systems in place eg, metering or water re-cycling systems. However, saying that, if any business can conserve water then please do so, every drop counts! We have already seen some businesses committing to turn off their sprinklers and only washing the windscreens, mirrors, lights and number plates of their vehicle fleets, which is beneficial to the wider community.
NI Water would strongly advise the public to adhere to this advice as ignoring it will only cause further strain on resources and could lead to interruptions to supply.