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Water could be cut to 1.4 million homes in Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare

Heavy rainfall is needed by the second week of July to avoid Dublin and the surrounding counties being subject to the first summer water restrictions in almost 15 years.

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THE WATER SUPPLY to as many as 1.4 million homes could be cut in Wicklow, Dublin and Kildare according to Dublin City Council.

The area needs heavy rain before the second week of July or water authorities will have to introduce restrictions, they warned. Back-up supplies are becoming depleted in the Poulaphouca and Roundwood reservoirs, with just 115 day’s supply now remaining, the Irish Independent reports.

A water conservation project, at taptips.ie, has been launched once again in the hopes of giving homes and businesses everyday tips for saving water.

At the beginning of the month, the council urged the public to conserve water and to prepare for the possibility of water shortages after a particularly dry March and April.

Read more: Dublin city council urges public to conserve water >

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