Drought warning

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CONSERVE water. That’s the message from Irish Water as Met Éireann forecasts that the current dry spell will continue. 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. 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 and take short showers rather than baths.”