Drought and the importance of business continuity

Like many European countries, Ireland is currently experiencing some of the warmest weather in recent history. Although many of us are enjoying the heatwave, it also brings with it serious problems. Parts of Ireland have experienced little to no rainfall over the past three weeks, and combined with exceptionally high temperatures, there has been a severe drop in the water levels in lakes and rivers.

Irish Water has issued a nationwide hosepipe ban, as vast sections of the country have entered a period of absolute drought. Water reserves are stretched to the limit, and it is believed they may not return to normal until later in the summer or possibly even the autumn.

Although the ban currently only applies to domestic customers, Irish Water has stated that it “continues to review the situation and asks that everyone, including commercial entities, are mindful of their water usage”.

This current drought isn’t the first crisis Irish Water has had to deal with. Only 12 months ago a burst water main in Drogheda, County Louth left 30,000 homes and businesses without water for six days.

This latest crisis highlights the importance of a having a solid BCMS (business continuity management system). If this period of drought is to continue, companies in Ireland may find their water supply affected which could impact the day-to-day operations of the company.

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