HUNDREDS of householders across County Limerick are experiencing water shortages as an "extensive number" of pipes have burst due to the thaw.
Limerick County Council says pipes have burst throughout County Limerick and that the public can expect periodic water shut-offs over the coming days.
Council crews are working around the clock to repair leaks and alternative water supplies have been established for members of the public in the worst affected areas.
In West Limerick, a standpipe has been set up in the Newcastle West Area Office and a water tanker will be located in the GAA carpark in Abbeyfeale each day between 9am and 4.30pm.
In the East of the county, a standpipe has been set up at the Council's Annacotty Area Office.
Meanwhile Limerick City Council says some homeowners in the city can expect reduced pressures due to increased demand and some localised breakages.
The worst affected areas are Clonmacken, Ballinacurra Gardens and Irish Estates.
The local authority says it has no immediate plans to begin rationing water supplies in the city.