FORRES residents and business owners are being asked to use their water "wisely".
Scottish Water has made the request as a result of prolonged dry weather and increased demand in the area.
The dry conditions, despite some recent rainfall have led to the utility encouraging customers served by the Badentinan Water Treatment Works (WTW) to take simple water efficiency measures to ensure continued supply to homes and businesses.
Badentinan WTW serves domestic properties and businesses in the Kinloss, Forres, Burghead, Elgin, Lossiemouth, Rothes, Fochabers, Dufftown and Craigellachie areas.
Steps customers can take to use water efficiently include: Turning off the tap when brushing teeth and shaving; Taking a shorter shower; Using your washing machine and dishwasher fully loaded; Boiling the kettle with only the water you need; Using a bucket of water instead of a hose to wash your car; and using a watering can instead of a hose to water gardens and plants.
Scottish Water is also asking businesses to consider their usage and how they can use water more efficiently.
Peter Farrer, Scottish Water’s chief operating officer, said: "Taking simple steps to use water wisely helps the environment, saves energy and ensures that we continue to provide clear, fresh water to customers in the area."
To help customers, Scottish Water has put together a free water saving pack which has some gadgets, such as tap aerators and shower timers, to save water in the kitchen, bathroom and garden.
Call 0800 0778778 or visit www.scottishwater.co.uk/savewaterscotland for more information.