By Shelley Marsden
A massive-scale operation was launched on Wednesday to bring water to the remote Aran Islands as they suffer from drought during the tourist season
Some 240,000 liters of water are being transported every day to the Aran Islands of Inis Meáin and Inis Oirr, after a drought which has left water supplies there at seriously low levels.
Unlike the mainland of Ireland, which has had rainfall as well as sun throughout the summer the Aran Islands, which are off the coast of Connemara, have stayed mostly dry and their distinctive porous limestone terrain has meant that only minimal amounts of rainwater are retained in the earth.
A cargo boat has been converted to carry huge tankers which will be filled from the mains supply at Rossaveal harbor on the Connemara mainland and taken to the islands.
This process will take place around the clock with the help of two crews to make sure that the water requirements of both islands – right in the middle of the summer tourist season – are met.