NEARLY 15,000Šmembers of staff at Cheshire West and Chester Council are being urged to be water-wise to help combat the present near-drought conditions.
The driest conditions since records began 74 years ago have left water levels in reservoirs abnormally low.
United Utilities has introduced a hosepipe ban for the North West and also applied for drought permits in an attempt to maintain levels.
Now, after a request from the Environment Agency and United Utilities, the council has asked its workforce to help conserve supplies both at work and at home.
Cllr Lynn Riley, Executive Member, Community and Environment said: “Levels at most reservoirs serving the North West are much lower than normal and we are asking our employees to help ease the demand.
“Individually the contribution might be small but 15,000 people cutting out waste by mending a dripping tap, or installing a free save-a-flush in older cisterns will make a sizeable collective contribution.”