Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is only enough stored rainfall water on the Aran island of Inis Mór to supply the population for a little more than a fortnight.
That’s according to Irish Water, which is urging residents, businesses and visitors to the Aran Islands to conserve water as afternoon restrictions may be introduced in the near future.
Met Eireann is forecasting further drought conditions for the foreseeable future.
Irish Water says the demand for treated water on Inis Mór is extremely high at 580 cubic metres per day.
It says there is only enough volume of stored rainfall left on the island to supply for 17 days and the boreholes which supplement supply are in danger of being exhausted.
Night time restrictions on Inis Mór and Inis Oírr will continue from 8p.m to 8a.m daily with a further afternoon restriction likely to be introduced if the drought continues.
A hosepipe ban remains in place across the country until the end of July and Irish Water says it will take sustained rainfall over weeks or months to replenish raw water levels.
Meanwhile, the Mid Galway Water plant is back in operation after a fault yesterday.
Most areas saw their water supply return last night but small isolated pockets are still awaiting a full return of the water supply.
Irish Water says works are continuing on the network to release airlocks and bring all booster pumps back fully in line.
Festival celebrationg Galway’s maritime culture taking place this month
Galway Bay fm newsroom- The inaugural Galway Docklands Festival will be held later this month.
The festival is a collaboration betweenGalway Bay Seafoods, Galway Hooker Sailing Club and Galway Bay Boat Tours.
From the 21st to the 23rd October, events will be taking place including demonstrations, boat rides, arts and crafts and more.
The festivities will conclude with an auction in Claddagh Hall, with proceeds going to Galway RNLI and Lost At Sea Tragedies.
12% drop in unemployment across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a drop of 12% in the number of people unemployed in Galway.
While nationally there was a decline of just one percent, according to CSO figures.
Last month, there were 15,752 people on the Live Register across Galway city and county.
While this month, CSO figures show there are almost 2,000 less on it, at 13,836.
Nationally, there were 184,100 people on the Live Register at the end of September – a drop of 1 per cent on the previous month.
Nearly a quarter of those were in the 35 – 44 age group – while counties Clare and Kerry saw the greatest increases.
There were over 13,500 people benefiting from the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive included in the figures – up 1,654 from August.
Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.
The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.
There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.
The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.