Dry weather to blame for River Barrow running low - Council

Anglers and farmers are worried about falling levels of water in the River Barrow, it has emerged. However Kildare County Council said that the Barrow Abstraction Plant water treatment facility is not to blame for the problem. The local authority suggested that rainfall levels have been very low over the past month. The issue was raised by Cllr Thomas Redmond of Sinn Fein at this week's Athy Municipal District meeting in the town. But a Council official said: "The Barrow Abstraction Plant is designed to cater for a maximum abstraction rate of 38 mega litres of water per day. "Current rates average at circa 15 mega litres per day. "Accordingly, there is no question of the Abstraction Plant having any noticeable effect on river flows. "It should, however, be pointed out that the last four weeks have been exceptionally dry with very little rain falling in the catchment area."

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