IRISH Water has issued an appeal to the public to conserve water as the prolonged dry spell is putting pressure on water supplies.
The company has identified Donegal as a county that is at risk while they have imposed restrictions in other parts of the country.
In a statement today they said: “Irish Water is appealing to the public to conserve water as a prolonged dry spell has been predicted by Met Éireann. In several areas around the country where water supplies were already under pressure, warm weather has exacerbated this situation.
“Demand for water is increasing while levels in rivers and lakes are dropping significantly which means that is there is less water available to treat and supply to homes and businesses. This year has seen extended dry spells and Met Éireann has compared this to 1976 when drought conditions were experienced across the country.”
Irish Water’s Drought Management Team are monitoring water supplies and demand around the country on a daily basis.
The top three measures that people can take are not using a hose to water the garden or wash cars; keeping paddling pools very shallow if they are being used; and taking short showers rather than baths.