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Leakage concern: Water Advisory Body chairman Paul McGowan. Pic Tom Burke

Leakage concern: Water Advisory Body chairman Paul McGowan. Pic Tom Burke

Leakage concern: Water Advisory Body chairman Paul McGowan. Pic Tom Burke

Irish Water is under pressure to clarify the extent and spread of water lost from the system as the country enters day two of a six-week hosepipe ban.

The Water Advisory Body (WAB), set up to oversee the utility, has reported difficulty separating the volume lost through leaks from other unaccounted for water.

It pointed out unaccounted-for water can also include unbilled water, such as that used by fire services and Irish Water itself, as well as water lost through unauthorised or faulty connections.