Helier Smith also said that a new reservoir might have to be built – one of a number of options which could potentially lead to a hike in Islander’s bills.

He added that efforts made by his company to encourage Islanders and businesses to be conservative with their usage would simply not go far enough to address an eight million litre deficit expected to hit the Island by 2045.

Last week, the company announced that the Island was currently using millions more litres of water from its reservoirs each day than it was able to replace and that the desalination plant – which turns sea water into drinking water – was likely to be brought into action this week.