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River to the rescue as heat takes its toll!

Thursday, 5 July 2018

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Tankers drawing water from the Drumragh River are being used this week to ensure some of the main attractions at this year's Omagh Show can go ahead.
There was a major headache for the hard-working show organisers with fears being expressed in some quarters that the major showjumping programme, which attracts top national and international competitors, could fall victim to the intense heat and hardened ground.
Now however, thanks to some innovative thinking and local natural resources, the equestrian side of the show will go on!
This, the 178th annual country agricultural extravaganza, presented by the Tyrone Farming Society, is expected to attract thousands of locals and visitors to the Showgrounds at Gillygooley Road, Omagh. Events involving cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, home industries, vintage vehicles, live entertainment, trade stands and so much more will join the horse and pony events to make this one of the biggest attractions in the north-west this summer.
But as the hot weather continues, the past few days has seen many sporting and social events throughout West Tyrone affected by the continuous sunshine. Some games and training sessions have been postponed while melting tar, dangers of gorse fires and an awareness of too much exposure to the sun have been highlighted by various bodies and caring organisations.
NI Water, Transport NI, Western Health Trust, the Ulster Farmers' Union and the NI Fire and Rescue Service have all issued cautions about dealing affected by too much heat or a lack of water. In relation to the West Tyrone area in general, a spokesperson for NI Water said currently there was no one specific area affected by water supply issues.
At risk
"However, if people continue to use water at the current rate, the loss of supply could become a reality anywhere. Unnecessary use of water, ie washing cars, watering lawns etc, is putting the water supply of your own household and that of your neighbours at risk. If everyone simply uses the water they actually need, there will be plenty for everyone. A loss of water supply due to high demand for any household is a completely avoidable situation." she said.
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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