The Council of the Isles of Scilly has asked residents and visitors to "cease any use of hosepipes and sprinklers and to keep other water usage to an absolute minimum" after the islands' water supply was declared "critically low".
In a statement, the Council of the Isles of Scilly said: "Due to the extreme dry period this summer, the islands’ groundwater supply is now critically low. Without these vital groundwater sources, we are unable to meet water demand on St Mary’s and Bryher using the desalination plants alone. Water usage is now at a level that we can’t sustain.
"For this reason, we are asking all of our customers to please cease any use of hosepipes and sprinklers and to keep other water usage to an absolute minimum.
"We also ask that everybody checks their water supply for any leaks. A single dripping tap can waste over 5,000 litres of water a year. If you’re unsure about a leak, please don’t hesitate to contact our water team at the details below."
The Council of the Isles of Scilly added: "Just so there is no confusion, you should continue to stay hydrated in the hot weather and drink as much water as you need. We would never ask people to restrict the amount of water they drink."
If you think you have a water leak or require any other information, don’t hesitate to contact the council’s water team on 0300 1234 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.