Council water cuts – Saturday update

Water Update - Saturday January 16th

As communicated to us by Donegal County Council -
Water supplies are showing signs of stabilising in most areas of the county continue though demand remains above normal. Problems continue to be experienced with outdoor service lines, services to field troughs and outbuildings and vacant properties.

We urge members of 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.

Interruptions to water supplies are well down on the past week, though excess demand in some areas (leakage / running services) continues to cause problems for other customers.

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

Donegal Electoral Area

Water supply to parts of Donegal Town was interrupted this morning due to a burst watermain. Repair works are ongoing and it is hoped to restore supply this afternoon.

The overall water demand in the Donegal area remains very high, but is reducing. There are no plans to close reservoirs in the Donegal Electoral area tonight, 16th January 2010.

Stranorlar Electoral Area
Demand for water throughout the Lough Mourne supply area remains excessive, and beyond the supply capacity. Trends indicate that this demand is from a large number of individual services throughout the supply area. The council has no option but to continue the regime of nightime restrictions in order to ensure daytime supply.

Tievebrack, Ballinacorr, Gleneely (Castlefinn), Lifford, Rosgier, Cavan Hill, Porthall, Convoy, Raphoe, Twin towns (Letterkenny Road area) and Drumkeen will all have supply closed from 8.00 pm to 8.00 am. The Corradoie / Liscooley area is also vulnerable to interruptions due to excess demand.

The cross-border supply at Alt may experience interruptions later today and tonight again (16th) due to supply limitations.

There has been a burst watermain on the supply to Meenreagh / Tieveclogher area, leaving the reservoir empty. Repairs are ongoing. It is hoped to recommission the main later today, to replenish the reservoir tonight, 16th January, so that supply to the area is restored for tomorrow 17th.

Glenties Electoral area
Demand in the Gortahork / Falcarragh supply area and in the Rosses Regional supply area has reduced, though continuing at levels well above normal. There are no plans to close reservoirs in these areas tonight, 16th January 2010.

Problems continue in the Ardara supply area, particularly Killybegs road and Loughrous Point, Ardara. As a result areas at high level are experiencing interruptions in supply. Ardara Reservoir will be closed tonight from 8.00pm to 8.00am with interruptions in supply on Narin Road, Killybegs Road and Loughrous Point. Water conservation / leak detection works are continuing in Brackey and Glengesh today and interruptions to supply may be experienced.

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.

Letterkenny Electoral Area
Ramelton / Ballylinn. Supply to parts of the Aghnagaddy Group Scheme at Muirfield and Breaghy were turned off overnight last night (15th) due to excess demand in those areas. This regime will be repeated tonight (16th) and tomorrow noght (17th). The situation will be reviewed in the coming week. Consumers in these areas are urged to check for leaks on their supplies. These problems have negatively impacted on supply to the Ballylinn area of Ramelton served by Killycreen reservoir and to some consumers on the Letterkenny – Ramelton Road.

Supply to the Gartan Group Scheme was turned off overnight last night (15th) due to excess demand in those areas. This regime will be repeated tonight (16th) and tomorrow noght (17th). The situation will be reviewed in the coming week.

There are no plans to restrict supply elsewhere in the Letterkenny Electoral Area tonight 16th 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.