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More water chaos on way for supply-hit Dubliners

DUBLINERS are set to be hit by a fresh wave of water disruption later this month.

After weeks of struggling with water shortages, households in parts of north Dublin are to be hit with a one-day turn-off.

According to Dublin City Council, the move is needed in order to facilitate "essential works". The works will take place on Tuesday, March 23 and will affect a large area of the capital.

In a notice, the council apologised for the inconvenience caused and said: "With your co-operation and understanding we hope to keep the disruption to a minimum."

The council is still asking residents and businesses across the capital to conserve water after the big freeze in January and February left supplies seriously short.

Works are continuing to repair damaged mains and pipes at considerable cost.

Dublin City Council said that due to essential works there will be disruption to the water supply, resulting in no water or a reduction in service.

It is not clear whether there will be further cut-off days as the summer approaches.

South Dublin County Council has lifted all scheduled water restrictions for the moment, but officials have warned: "There is an ongoing need to reduce water consumption by 10pc throughout the Dublin region.

"We continue to urge everybody to conserve water and use it sparingly. If customers were able to reduce their water consumption by 10pc it would alleviate the necessity for further restrictions."

Residents in parts of Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown are still being subjected to intermittent water restrictions.

The areas affected by the turn-off on March 23 are from Cappagh Cross to Ratoath Road to Ballymun Road, from Ballymun to Dundaniel Road and from Glasnevin Avenue to the Old Finglas Road.

Disruption is also likely to hit Pelletstown, Finglas West, Finglas South, Ballycoolin Road, Glasnevin Avenue, Glasanaon, Santry, the Swords Road, Coolock Lane and surrounding areas.

Dublin City Council is providing mobile tankers in the area and two stationary water tankers at the Clarehall Shopping Centre on Finglas Road and the Omni Centre on the Sword Road.