Following incessant rain over the weekend from Storm Desmond, water levels at Lough Melvin continue to rise to an unprecedented level and the Bundoran Water Treatment Plant remains flooded and is not producing treated water. Irish Water has introduced a major incident plan to manage the loss of production from the Water Treatment Plant. Alternative sources with limited capacity have been introduced to provide an interim restricted supply. 

Irish Water is working to increase this interim supply to minimise the impact on customers but restrictions will be necessary. The Water Treatment Plant is still flooded and as soon as flood levels recede Irish water will actively work to bring the plant back to production at the earliest possible time once the damage has been assessed.

The Bundoran Water treatment plant is located adjacent to Lough Melvin serving up to 6,000 customers in the areas of Bundoran Town and environs, Loughside (Co. Leitrim) and surrounding areas.

Water was turned off yesterday to sections of the Bundoran network and other parts were supplied from the alternative sources to conserve supply. Further interruptions will continue to be experienced today and tomorrow and will affect the entire Bundoran area. An incident meeting is taking place today and Irish Water will provide further updates as soon as possible.

Part of the Incident Plan involves the provision of Mobile Water Tankers and Standpipe that will be located at strategic points throughout the Bundoran network. These locations are as follows:

  • Bowser Location No. 1: Sea Front Carpark, Astoria Road 
  • Bowser Location No. 2: Central Lane Car Park
  • Bowser Location No. 3: Old Tullaghan Road, Magheracar 
  • Bowser Location No. 4: BMG Hardware, Access Road
  • Standpipe Location: Market Yard, Ballyshannon (adjacent to fire station)

Operational changes to the network are also being undertaken as part of this major incident plan to keep customers in supply where possible. 

Customers may experience low pressure or loss of supply over the coming days and are
asked to conserve water until the plant is returned to full operations.

Irish Water would like to apologise to all customers affected by this incident.

Irish Water would like to thank Donegal LA staff, the HSE and the ESB for their continuing efforts with dealing with this on-going incident.

A map showing the location of the Bowers is available view here or on the Donegal County Council’s website, (

Customers are advised to view the outage section or alternatively contact its customer service call centre at 1890 278 278 for further information.

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