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Outcry as city braced for new water cutbacks

PARTS of the capital are to be hit by fresh water disruption at the end of the month.

City officials are warning that supplies will be curtailed due to "essential works" that have been scheduled for some time.

A large area, including Donnycarney, Artane, Killester, Coolock, Edenmore, Kilbarrack and its surrounding areas, will see disruption and loss of supply in some cases.

The city council said the disruption to the water supply would cause "a reduction in service with reduced pressures and loss of supply in some areas on Sunday, June 30, 2013".

"All efforts will be made to carry out the work in the optimum time and to minimise disruption as far as is possible," the council said.

The latest water restrictions come after water supply problems at the end of March this year, that extended into April. The problems saw the water supply restricted for over a week across the city.

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The council said the problem at the time occurred due to water demand running at a higher than average level, caused by the unexpected cold weather which meant an increase in leaking pipes.

This time the routine work will see supplies affect along Griffith Avenue, from Charlemont to the Malahide Road, Malahide Road, from Griffith Avenue to Tonlagee Road, Tonlagee Road to Kilbarrack Road and Kilbarrack Road to the Dublin Road. The city council said it will provide a number of mobile tankers in the affected area during the restrictions.

Fianna Fail environment spokesperson Barry Cowen said that while problems exist, water charges shouldn't be introduced.

"It's clear there are serious problems with the water network in many areas that cause severe disruption to supply at times.

"It is not good enough to introduce charges before these problems are fixed," he said.

Dublin City Council is frequently asking the public to cut back on their water usage.

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