Tipp residents urged to continue to conserve water

North Tipperary County Council has maintined its appeal for people to conserve water
Residents in North Tipperary are being urged to continue to conserve water, despite the return to rain this Wednesday.

Residents in North Tipperary are being urged to continue to conserve water, despite the return to rain this Wednesday.

A spokesperson for North Tipperary County Council said that while water supplies were adequate, they were urging people not to waste water.

The appeal came as a hose pipe ban continues in South Tipperary which is expected to last until the first two weeks of August.

At the July meeting of North Tipp councillors, it was revealed that water usage was up 25 per cent since December, and with the dry spell, there was a greater demand from farmers, businesses and even people watering their gardens.

People had been warned that the council “may have to take action” to conserve water, but a council spokesman told the Tipperary Star that this was not an option at the moment.

Meanwhile, swimmers and pet owners were warned by the council to keep an eye out for blue-green algae on Lough Derg following reports that the growth was discovered on the lake last Friday.

The bright, pea-green algae can be found close to the shore, especially in hot spells, and can cause skin irritation in humans, but can be fatal to animals, especially dogs. A number of dogs have died in previous years from drinking water affected by the growth.

A council spokesman said that while they had not found any futher evidence of algae bloom on the lake, they were monitoring the situation.