Scottish Water has thanked island customers for ‘sensible and water-wise’ behaviour during the current long spell of dry weather.

Dry, warm conditions are forecast to last to the end of the month and Scottish Water has issued a plea nationally to be careful with water as demand across the country rises.

Stornoway assets manager Malcolm Macphail said: “Island customers are already acting sensibly and we would just like them to continue as they are. We have drought plans and pumps in place in Stornoway, West Lewis and South Uist, to move water between lochs in case of any shortfall.

"We are already pumping from Loch Scarabhat Mhor to Loch Mor a-Starr, north of Stornoway, to augment the existing supply so that we don’t see the loch levels fall.

"But island customers are generally wise with water and don’t leave hoses running or waste water unnecessarily, something which we appreciate. We’d like to thank everyone and ask them to continue as they are, resting assured that we have contingency plans in place.”