THOUSANDS of Dublin homes face a weekend with little or no water because of a rupture to a water main.
The break happened just off James's Street and will cause disruption across the city over the weekend as crews work to repair the damage.
Dublin City Council said water tankers will be made available if deemed necessary and their locations will be regularly updated.
The worst-affected areas are likely to be Cabra, Glasnevin, Phibsboro, Drumcondra, parts of Doneycarney, Santry and parts of Beaumont north of the River Liffey, the Heuston area south to Thomas Street and east to Bridgefoot Street south of the Liffey.
The council said the rupture will result in reduced water pressure in these areas.
There is also the possibility of water loss due to necessary shutdowns which will facilitate vital repairs to the damaged pipe.
It has appealed to households to restrict water usage over the weekend, and said updates will be available on the website and on Twitter.
Customers experiencing severe water disruption should contact Dublin City Council Water Services Division on the Emergency Number 01-679 6186 outside of office hours.
This is the second incident of disruption to the greater Dublin water supply in recent weeks.
A main serving Dun Laoghaire is severely damaged and has been leaking around one million litres of water a day for more than a fortnight.
On Wednesday contractors on behalf of Irish Water began repair work on the main which is buried 30ft underground beside the Leopardstown Inn on Brewery Road in Stillorgan.