Irish Republic hit by water crisis

( While the water crisis in Northern Ireland has grabbed headlines across the world, far less attention has been paid to the serious and widespread problems afflicting the Irish Republic.

Over a few days in late December, temperatures rose from below -15º Celsius (5º Fahrenheit) to over 10º Celsius (50º Fahrenheit), after weeks of sub-zero temperatures. The sudden thaw exposed Ireland’s decrepit water and sewage infrastructure to intolerable strains, resulting in numerous burst water mains and domestic pipes. Dublin has been badly affected, as have numerous regional towns and rural areas.
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