Irish Water would like to thank publically the people of Donegal, particularly customers in Ballyshannon and Bundoran and visitors to the county, for adhering to the utility’s pleas for water conservation over the busy August Bank Holiday. The public’s support and co-operation was instrumental to ensuring that there were no known water outages over the weekend following a contamination incident which occurred at the Ballyshannon water source on Friday.

Irish Water and Donegal County Council is continuing to investigate the exact cause of the contamination which triggered the automatic shutdown of borehole sources that feed raw water to the Ballyshannon Water Treatment Plant.

The incident did not result in contaminated water entering the treatment plant or the network and there was no risk posed to public health.

Immediately following the incident Irish Water initiated its emergency response plan which was successful in ensuring that there were no water outages over the busy weekend.

Regional Information Specialist for the region Sean Corrigan commented: “Following the shutdown of the boreholes the Ballyshannon drinking water supply was supplemented from Bundoran, Donegal Town, County Leitrim and Northern Ireland water supplies. This coupled with the appeal for conservation in Ballyshannon and Bundoran, and the efforts of Irish Water and Donegal County Council staff on the ground ensured that the incident did not escalate into a crisis for our customers and we are very thankful to everyone who played a part in this.”

Irish Water and Donegal County Council would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank the tourism providers, businesses and customers for their co-operation.

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