Is the North East set for water restrictions like other parts of the country?

Hosepipe bans have been introduced in Northern Ireland.
Hosepipe bans have been introduced in Northern Ireland.

Water companies are starting to ask customers to conserve supplies by not using hosepipes or water sprinklers during the ongoing heatwave.

The first hosepipe ban began in Northern Ireland at 6pm on Friday and Severn Trent Water has also urged people to be "careful with their water".

There are no immediate plans, however, for restrictions to be introduced in the North East.

But as the region continues to share in the sunshine - with temperatures here rising from heights of 20 degrees Celsius on Saturday to 23 degrees Celsius on Sunday - Northumbrian Water is encouraging customers to use water wisely.

While insisting there is no shortage of supplies at the moment, the company says it is good practice for everyone to be careful.

Martin Lunn, head of technical strategy for Northumbrian Water, said: "Our water supplies remain healthy at this time, and we are keeping a close eye on this as the warm weather continues.

"We have seen an increase in demand over the past week. But our message remains as it always is and we′re asking customers to use water wisely to help us manage supplies.

"Even small changes can make a big difference, so if you are watering plants do it early in the morning or later in the evening so they can absorb the moisture, remember to turn the tap off when brushing your teeth, and try to cut a minute off your morning shower.

"Whilst there is no overall shortage of water it is always important that people use water wisely, ensuring we don′t waste this precious resource.

"Of course it′s also very important to stay well hydrated when the weather is warm, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water, and carry a refillable bottle with you so you can top up on the go."

Northumbrian Water is also reminding customers to stay safe around water, as there are dangers that can kill in reservoirs, lakes, rivers, canals, open water and the sea.

Reservoirs in particular are operational sites which contain machinery, strong underwater currents, varying depths and extremely cold water, which makes them unsuitable for swimming and paddling.

A water safety checklist is available at www.nwl.co.uk.