Night time water restrictions have been imposed on two of the Aran Islands in response to a massive increase in demand in recent days.
Irish Water has confirmed that it is introducing overnight water restrictions on Inis Oirr and Inis Mor islands in order to ensure a continuous daily supply to residents.
The restrictions will be in place nightly from 9.30pm until 8am starting from Monday, April 20 2020.
Little things such as constant handwashing to comply with HSE guidelines have led to an increased demand for water in households, as has the simple fact that island residents are confined to their homes like every in lockdown.
Galway and the rest of Ireland has also been enjoying an extended spell of sunny weather, with far less rain than the west coast and the islands usually receive.
And while handwashing is of course a priority to protect yourself and others in the house during this pandemic, Irish Water is reminding people that simple conservation efforts can significantly reduce demand.
Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving can save up to 6 litres of water per minute.
Taking a shower instead of a bath or using a watering can rather than a hose when gardening can also make a big difference in water use.
“We are also reminding people with responsibility for properties that are currently unoccupied to check for leaks and turn off water where it is not required,” a statement from Irish Water said.
More tips on how to conserve water in your home can be found on their Conservation page.