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NI hosepipe ban to be lifted after three weeks

The hosepipe ban was introduced across NI to help water treatment plants cope with demand. Credit: PA

A ban on the domestic use of hosepipes in Northern Ireland is to be lifted on Thursday, after three weeks of restrictions.

The ban was implemented as treatment facilities struggled to cope with demand during a warm, dry spell, but will end at 12pm on Thursday.

Northern Ireland Water said the public response to the call to conserve water had helped reduce the demand to manageable levels.

Chief executive Sara Venning said: “Thanks to the fantastic response from the public to our appeals to conserve water, we have seen demand for water decrease from three-quarters of a billion litres per day - some 30%above average - to near normal levels.

“This means our water treatment works, which were struggling to meet this exceptional demand, with large-scale water supply interruptions imminent, are now coping comfortably with demand.

“This allows us to lift the hosepipe ban from noon tomorrow.”

However, people are being urged to continue to use water wisely – to avoid any prospect of the ban having to be reintroduced.

“Many customers have adopted new habits and ways to conserve water in everyday life and we hope they will continue with these changes in their daily lives,” Ms Venning said.

Restrictions on water use in the Republic of Ireland remain in place.