Following recent heavy rainfall and improving river and ground water conditions, Irish Water is reviewing the need for the Water Conservation Order, more commonly known as ‘the hosepipe ban’.

The National Water Conservation Order was put in place on June 9 and was expected to remain in place until July 21.

It was issued in a bid to safeguard water supplies for essential purposes, in particular water needed for sanitation purposes during the Covid-19 crisis.

Thankfully from a water supply perspective over the past couple of weeks there has been above average rainfall in many areas of the country.

This has resulted in the recovery of some of the water supplies that were in drought or at risk of drought.

Commenting on the evolving situation, Irish Water Operations Lead Neil Smyth, said it is still essential that members of the public continue to conserve water and form good household habits at this time.

“Any non-essential use of water should be discouraged, whether we are in a drought or not. We would like to thank the people of county Cork for their efforts in conserving water in their homes and gardens over the past number of weeks and our large water users who have worked proactively with us to use water more efficiently in their businesses.”