AS the soaring temperatures look set to continue until the weekend, Limerick County Council is warning it may have to restrict public water supplies in some areas.
The local authority says it has seen a surge in demand since the weekend due the heatwave, which has seen temperatures hit the high 20’s across Limerick.
The biggest rise of in demand has been in the Newcastle West area where an increase of 25% has been recorded. “Conservation is being urged not only because of a shortage of a rainfall but additionally because of the surge in demand for water ability exceeding the amount of water being produced by the County’s public water supplies,” said David Keane, senior engineer with Limerick County Council.
The Council’s Water Services section says if the heatwave continues into next week, it may be necessary to curtail water supplies in the interest of water conservation.
Areas such as Kilteely, Kilbeheny, Herbertstown, Ardpatrick, Foynes, Kildimo, Adare, Croom, Oola and Doon are particularly at risk.
Meanwhile, the good weather has provided a welcome boost to retailers across the county.
Many stores have reportedly sold out of water-related accessories such as children’s paddling pools.
Meanwhile, Tommy Relihan of Adare Farm says demand for ice-cream over the past week has been four times the norm for this time of year.
“It has been a busy few days but when the sun comes out there is no recession,” he said.