The biggest water problem facing the Irish Republic

Water is running short in Ireland, as farmers and city dwellers struggle to get enough to drink.

The Irish Water Authority says it has lost around 10 per cent of its supply over the last two years, and that more than 30,000 people have had to boil water in the last five days.

As well as the usual mix of household taps and wells, the water system has been hit by a massive spike in demand.

The main problem is that farmers and cities are struggling to keep up with demand for their water. 

Water is running low on the farms of the south west of Ireland. 

Irish Water is currently trying to find ways to deliver more water to the farms, while other parts of the country have also seen a rise in demand for water.

Farmers and other residents are now complaining about a huge water bill that is spiralling up, with some going as far as to start rationing. 

The Irish Water Agency says that since January 2015, the amount of water available to the system has fallen from 790,000 cubic metres per day to 775,000, while the amount available to households has fallen by around 30 per cent. 

In the west of the Republic, water shortages have also led to an increased amount of people having to boil their water, while in the north east, a shortage of tap water has led to people drinking tap water from a tap. 

It is not the first time that farmers have complained about a water shortage in Ireland.

Last year, a report by the Irish Water Board said that water was running short on some parts of farms and that this led to many people choosing to boil or to use other means of drinking water.