Water company United Utilities are asking people to turn off their garden sprinklers, stop using hosepipes, take shorter showers and avoid baths as the hot weather continues.
A spokesperson said “The hot weather means we’re seeing a massive increase in water consumption across our area. Yesterday an additional half a billion litres was used and it has been the same today.
“We urgently need your help and support to avoid a hosepipe ban. You can help us by turning off your garden sprinklers, not using your hosepipes, not washing your car and taking shorter showers and not baths this weekend.
“The demand is so high, particularly during peak times, that we are struggling to get enough water around the system quick enough. If we can all do our bit this will reduce the risk of lower water pressure or no water at all.
“Thank you, we really appreciate your help.”