New water sources being sought in Kerry due to drought

Rob O’Regan, right, of Subsea Marine, along with Diving crews and William O’Sullivan, Kerry County Council, working on behalf of Irish Water and Kerry County Council carry out works in Lough Guitane to protect water supplies during the current dry spell. Water levels in the lake, which supplies Killarney and Tralee, have dropped significantly since June.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan/FREE PIC***

Irish Water is looking at new water sources coming on stream in Kerry due to shortages.

The agency says water levels in Kerry have continued to fall due to the extended period of dry weather over recent months.

Irish Water and Kerry County Council are monitoring flows and water levels throughout Kerry to ensure the production of treated water continues.

They say water supply schemes under pressure at this time are the Kerry Central Regional Scheme, which supplies, Killarney, Tralee, Castlemaine and Castleisland; most Public Water Supply Schemes on the Dingle Peninsula; and most Public Water Supply Schemes on the western parts of the Iveragh Peninsula.

Irish Water says as Autumn approaches, there’s still a significant risk to most public water supplies in Kerry.

They say forecasts indicates there will be very little rain in the coming weeks, so it’s essential households and businesses conserve water and reduce demand.

Irish Water and Kerry County Council have deployed hydrogeologists and sub-aqua divers across Kerry to explore possible new water sources and improve the operation of existing sources, and where possible, new sources will be developed over the coming weeks and months.

There may be more water supply interruptions as new sources are brought online, and there may be breaks due to ground shrinkage.