Irish Water has said night time restrictions may be needed in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, in the coming weeks as water levels in Lough Owel reach critical levels.

The utility company is asking consumers to continue their efforts to conserve water and report leaks immediately.

It says reduction in demand, along with long periods of rainfall, are necessary to avoid ongoing restrictions that may be necessary into next spring.

The company said it will continue to monitor the situation at Lough Owel and will assess whether restrictions need to be implemented towards the end of next week.