DUBLIN, Ireland: Officials are urging residents of Ireland to prepare to conserve water, fearing a lengthy summer period of of warm and dry weather.
In the first of the season, the Department of Agriculture has issued a national Condition Orange Fire Danger Notice through May 29.
Meanwhile, officials at the nation's water management company, recently renamed Uisce Eireann, said households should conserve water when possible, though there are currently no plans to restrict water usage, as reported in the Irish Mirror.
But the company has warned the public that, "as we come into the dryer summer months.protect essential water supplies."
"We must look at simple, yet impactful ways to conserve water," said Uisce Eireann's Tom Cuddy, as quoted by the Irish Mirror.
"For example, by turning off the hose and avoiding power washing, we can all help ensure there is enough water to for everyone."
Officials have also urged residents to report leaks in the public water network.
Additionally, Irish agriculture officials have asked the public to be careful of fire in all areas of heather and dry grass. The public has also been urged to avoid activities that could result in wildfires.
To protect property, authorities are asking the public to remove or cut back vegetation in the vicinity of houses, buildings or oil tanks.
Additionally, it is a violation of the law to cut or burn vegetation on non-farm land between March 1 and August 31 under the Wildlife Acts.
The warnings were issued after Met Eireann forecast high temperatures of up to 22 degrees Celsius/71 degrees Fahrenheit.
The average temperature at this time of year is 11 to 13 degrees Celsius/52 to 61 degrees Fahrenheit.