Donegal County Council water supply update

Water supplies are showing signs of stabilising in most areas of the county 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.

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, but is reducing. There are no plans to close reservoirs in the Donegal Electoral area tonight, 18th 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, 18th 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.

No significant mains bursts have been reported today indicating that the bulk of this wastage is due an accumulation of of internal problems, field troughs, unoccupied houses etc.

Letterkenny Electoral Area
Supply to the Gartan Group Scheme will be turned off overnight 18th January due to excess demand / leakage. There is also leakage in the Aughnagaddy GWSS and suspaected leakage in the Glenmaquin GWSS. Interruptions to supply in these areas can be expected.
There are no plans to restrict supply elsewhere in the Letterkenny Electoral Area tonight 18th 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.