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Water crisis 'is worse than 2018' with 250,000 already dealing with drought

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Scorching: People enjoy fine weather on Dollymount Strand in Dublin as the prolonged dry spell continues. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Scorching: People enjoy fine weather on Dollymount Strand in Dublin as the prolonged dry spell continues. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Scorching: People enjoy fine weather on Dollymount Strand in Dublin as the prolonged dry spell continues. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Water supplies serving a quarter of a million people are already in drought or on the verge of drought as the prolonged dry spell continues.

Irish Water is warning the shortage is worse now than when restrictions were introduced during the summer drought of 2018.

The utility expects to announce a formal water conservation order or 'hosepipe ban' within the next fortnight if conditions do not improve.