A nationwide hosepipe ban comes into operation from 8am tomorrow morning, as a drought continues across the country.

Irish Water has announced a hosepipe ban from tomorrow until the end of July, to help protect water supplies.

With little or no rain over the last month, and no significant rain forecast for the next week, Irish Water says they're extending the hosepipe ban across the country to try and prevent further water restrictions at a later stage.

This means a ban on using a hose for watering gardens, washing cars or boats or filling paddling pools.

The ban does not apply to private wells or private group water schemes.

Irish Water is continuing to urge people to conserve water during the drought, and report any leaks on public supplies.

Across the country, water supplies remain under pressure but demand has dropped since the hosepipe ban was introduced in the Greater Dublin Area earlier this week.

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