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Dublin consumers urged to conserve water due to hot weather increase in demand

A SPIKE in water consumption in Dublin due to the good weather has prompted the City Council to call on people to conserve it.

While no shortage is being experienced, greater consumption that usual will put a strain on supply, Brian Hennelly of Dublin City Council told Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1.

Usage in Dublin has increased by an extra 30 million litres per day since the warm weather began, and despite rainfall there is only a limited capacity to produce drinking water in treatment plants.

"The issue at the moment is that our plants are running at near capacity to match the current usage," he said.