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Hosepipe ban remains in place on the IoM due to reservoir shortages

A hosepipe ban remains in place on the Isle of Man due to levels falling in the reservoirs.

Manx Utilities say that if the rainfall average stays 14% below the previously worst recorded low point, which was in 2016, there could be problems with drinking water in early 2019.

The island's resevoirs have dry surrounding earth, which means that the ground is absorbing rainfall, rather than feeding into the reservoirs.

More information can be found via the Manx Utilities Facebook page.

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Hosepipe ban begins on Isle of Man

The ban comes after the longest dry spell for years. Credit: PA

A hosepipe ban comes into force on the Isle of Man from today.

Manx Utilities say they've been forced to make the decision because of a lack of rainfall.

Those caught watering their gardens or washing their cars could face a £1000 fine.

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Water warning: Hosepipe ban could be 'imminent'

United Utilities say water demand is up 25 per cent Credit: PA

Demand for water has risen to unprecedented levels according to United Utilities.

They say it's 25% higher than normal with an extra half a billion litres of water needed to meet requirements.

The company had said a hosepipe ban was imminent.