Hosepipe ban likely across Lancashire

People enjoy the hot weather in Henley on Thames Oxfordshire as the heatwave continues to create perfect conditions for barbecues amid the first hosepipe ban in six years

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of the council, said: "Having volunteered with Severn Trent over the weekend at one of their water pick-up points, it is clear that the problem of excessive demand is real and is one that we must respond to unselfishly".

The leading water provider for the East of England has said the water levels in both reservoirs and groundwater stores are healthy, and in some cases above average.

A monthlong ban on watering with garden hoses began Monday in Dublin and Irish Water says it's likely to be expanded to other areas.

We have also agreed that, where requested, Irish Water will make water supplies available for farmers who wish to use their own tankers to transport water from areas that are not under pressure.

Irish Water has rolled out a comprehensive guide on how to efficiently reduce your daily water use.

"It hasn't overly affected me but I would be watching how I use water anyway so I'm just kind of maintaining the same ways of what I would normally do".

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Little things like turning the taps off when you clean your teeth, reducing shower times to four minutes and keeping paddling pools covered at night will all help.

People are being told to conserve water and a hosepipe ban remains in place in Northern Ireland. However, it has called for staff and students to only use water when absolutely necessary.

Any use of a hosepipe in this period could see you being penalised. "A loss of water supply for households is a completely avoidable situation; however, if people continue to use water at the current rate, the loss of supply could become a reality".

Irish Water said the ban was "essential" to preserve water over the coming weeks and encouraged the public to abide by the rules.

The region's water usage has been steadily increasing over the week and is expected to rise even further as residents and holidaymakers continue to enjoy the sunshine and high temperatures.

The ban now applies only to the greater Dublin region, however Irish Water intend to examine over 100 at-risk schemes for the possible application of the ban.

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