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Irish Water appeal to Dublin residents to conserve water

Irish Water is appealing to homes and businesses in Dublin to conserve water and check for leaks following a recent spell of cold weather.

The body said that due to the freezing temperatures over the past couple of weeks and subsequent thawing, there has been an increasing demand for water.

The demand for water supply had been steadily increasing since Christmas, it said.

Irish Water said it is working with local authorities, to fix these burst pipes “as quickly as possible in line with Covid-19 protocols in order to ensure a continuity of supply”.

While these essential repairs are underway across the Greater Dublin Area, Irish Water is asking customers to check for leaks, be mindful of their water use and only to use what they need.

Irish Water head of operations Tom Cuddy has asked people to check outside pipes in particular that can become frozen and burst during cold weather.

“We are also asking the public to conserve water where possible and to only use what they need whilst continuing to adhere to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding Covid-19,” Cuddy said.

“We have seen demand creeping up in recent weeks, spiking over the past few days,” he said.

The utility said that simple conservation efforts such as taking showers instead of baths and fixing dripping taps can have an impact on reducing demand on the supply.

Leaks can be reported to Irish Water on 1850 278 278.

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