Water supply update – Wednesday

Recieved from and expressing the views of  Donegal County Council

The water supply situation on 19th remains largely unchanged today 20th January. Whereas demand for water across the county is dropping, indicating a lessening of leakage and wastage losses, serious problems remain in some supply areas. The Lough Mourne supply, serving the Finn Valley area and East Donegal is most critical.
We particularly appeal to all water users to check taps and service lines at home, in outbuildings and in fields, and in vacant premises. Where running water is found please close taps or valves in order to prevent more general water shortages.

The following is an update summary of the situation across the county by electoral area.

Donegal Electoral Area
The overall water demand in the Donegal area remains very high. Supply to the Doorin, Creevin and Raneely areas of Mountharles will be shut down tonight at 9.30 p.m. tonight, 20th, and turned on again in the morning at 7.a.m. tomorrow 21st January 2010.

Glenties Electoral area
The overall water demand in the Glenties area remains very high, but is reducing. There are no plans to close reservoirs in the area tonight, 20th January 2010.

Inishowen Electoral area
Supply in the Inishowen area generally has stabilised, though demand remains high. Reservoir closures are not planned tonight. Supply problems persist at Gleneely village, where supply to parts of the village are affected.

Stranorlar Electoral Area
Consumption remained unsustainably high last night throughout the Lough Mourne supply area. As a result the council has no option but to continue the regime of nightime restrictions from 8.00 pm tp 8.00 am in order to ensure daytime supply. Reservoirs at the following locations will be closed overnight: at Argery, Gleneely, Kinletter, Ballinacor, Tievebrack, Coradooie, Lifford, Convoy and Raphoe while the supply pipelines to the Letterkenny Road Area of Stranorlar, Liscooley Area, Glenfin, Porthall and Cavan Hill areas will been turned off too.
We still have the ongoing problem of insufficient flow from NI Water into both our reservoir at Alt, Castlefinn and the Meenreagh/Tieveclogher area. The Alt reservoir will be turned off tonight also.

A water bowser has been placed at Calhame Crossroads, Liscooley, to provide an emergency drinking water supply for residents in that area, due to the prolonged outage affecting them.

Letterkenny Electoral Area
Supply to the Gartan Group Scheme will be turned off overnight 20th January due to excess demand / leakage. There is also leakage in the Aughnagaddy GWSS and suspected leakage in the Glenmaquin GWSS. Ongoing interruptions to supply in these areas can be expected.
There are no plans to restrict supply elsewhere in the Letterkenny Electoral Area tonight 20th January 2010, though demand generally remains high. The appeal to members of the public to conserve water and to check for leakage / wastage applies.

Water Services Staff are actively engaged in efforts to restore and maintain supply in all areas.

Once again, we urge the public to check taps and service lines at home, in outbuildings and in fields, and in vacant premises. Where running water is found please close taps or valves in order to prevent more general water shortages. Thank you for your co-operation in this effort.

Daily updates are also available from the council directly HERE