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04 July 2018, 10:18 | Dale Webster
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Irish Water says there's a "predictable pattern" for water shortages around the country as the dry weather continues.
The first hosepipe ban began in Northern Ireland at 6pm on Friday, and Severn Trent Water has asked people to be "careful with their water".
From this week, and until demand for water in the Rugby area reduces, the council's parks team will stop using sprinklers or automatic hose pipes to water baskets, containers or planted areas - instead watering by hand.
Install water butts in your garden to catch rain water which then be used to water your plants and vegetables.
"Imposing a Water Conservation Order is a measure that Irish Water now consider appropriate".
From today a water conservation order has come into force affecting consumers in the greater Dublin area. Use a watering can for your plants, and a bucket and sponge for your auto, and you'll be doing the environment a good turn.
The company's CEO Sara Venning, said: "We would like to thank all our customers who are working with us to limit their water usage".
As the hot spell is expected to continue this week, communities impacted by the water restrictions are most at risk of the hosepipe ban.
The last hosepipe ban in the north was 23 years ago.
"Although peak temperatures may not be quite as high as we have seen this week, we will still see temperatures widely in the mid to high 20s". Customers are using the water faster than we can treat it and get it into supply, please only use what you need to!
When temperatures surged last weekend, the firm's daily supply exceeded 1.5 billion litres and although they have reported that reservoir levels in the region are almost three-quarters full and there are no current water supply shortages, they are urging people to carry out water-saving tips.
Also speaking on Morning Ireland, IFA president Joe Healy said: "We met with Irish Water to ensure that that would happen because animal welfare is paramount here and, in relation to the growth, the extra cost that's being associated here".
Irish Water has also appealed for the public to report leaks on the public water network and to fix private leaks in homes and businesses.
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