'Non essential' water use ban

'Non essential' water use ban

Irish Water is working with local authorities to do everything possible to conserve water availability, examining how we can make further inroads into leakage by mobilizing extra crews and seeking maximum public cooperation in saving water.

The UK's Met Office said in a statement on its website that hot, dry and sunny weather would continue in the vast majority.

Warm weather is set to continue this week, with temperatures up to 27 degrees forecast in Northern Ireland.

She warned if demand was not reduced over the weekend then the water supplier will be looking "very closely" at the need to introduce a hosepipe ban.

The ban also applies to domestic ornamental fountains, artificial ponds, lakes, or similar applications.

Britain is also sweltering during one of the longest spells of hot, sunny weather for years, but a wet spring means most parts of the United Kingdom are not experiencing drought.

The ban usually comes into play when it's hot outside, as the demand for water is a lot higher.

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"If people want to report excessive usage they can call 1850 278 278 in the first instance and Irish Water will follow up from there", the statement added.

Pamela Doherty, Yorkshire Water's service delivery director, said: "Despite there being no current water shortages, water is a precious resource and we would still encourage everyone to do their bit to help by using water a little more efficiently". The ban, which took effect today, will be in place until July 31.

As well as reducing consumption, we are appealing to the public to report leaks on the public water network and to fix private side leaks in both homes and in businesses. Use a watering can for your plants, and a bucket and sponge for your vehicle, and you'll be doing the environment a good turn.

Irish Water is expected to extend the hosepipe ban to parts of Limerick, Kilkenny and Laois this week.

Can I get in trouble for breaking the hosepipe ban?

"You can help us by turning off your garden sprinklers, not using your hosepipes, not washing your auto and taking shorter showers and not baths".

The last hosepipe ban in the north was 23 years ago.

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