Irish Water has said there is ongoing concern about the water supply for Mullingar and surrounding areas because of the dry winter.

But it said reservoir levels in the Greater Dublin Area are currently stable albeit slightly lower than average for this time of year.

In a response to a query from RTÉ News the utility said water levels in Lough Owel which supplies water to 50,000 homes and businesses on the Mullingar water supply are well below the average level for this time of year.

In January there was less than a quarter of rainfall for the same month last year and it is set to be well below average for February. Irish Water says Lough Owel is a spring fed lake and rain that falls in coming months will take some time to work through the bedrock of the lake.

The company added "Irish Water and Waterways Ireland are working to proactively manage the water level in the lake in order to reduce the risk of water outages in the summer and autumn.

"In an effort to save water and keep restrictions to a minimum, Irish Water have saved more than 1 million litres of water per day as part of its First Fix Free Scheme in Co. Westmeath and we have accelerated our leakage reduction programme works in the area.

"Irish Water consistently encourages the public to conserve water wherever possible to avoid putting more supplies at risk. Every small thing people do to save water in their homes and businesses benefits their communities."