7 March 2018 Go back to News
South Leitrim water supply update
Decision on whether the scheme will be restricted again tonight will be made this afternoon
Irish Water working in partnership with Leitrim County Council is advising customers supplied by the South Leitrim Water Supply that a decision on whether the scheme will be restricted again tonight will be made this afternoon. This will be dependent on consumer usage today and how well the reservoirs recover.
The number of customers in the South Leitrim area without water today is dropping dramatically from the 2,800 yesterday and the full picture will be known later in the afternoon. However, it might take a few hours for water to reach customers in outlying areas and on higher ground while the system recharges. Irish Water is appealing to those customers who do have a supply to conserve water in every way possible.
Supply being returned to most areas today
The South Leitrim Scheme saw good recovery in its water supply last night due to the restrictions which has led to supply being returned to most areas in the scheme today. There will be no day-time restrictions today however, it is most likely that the scheme will be restricted again tonight from 11pm to 7am to further aid the replenishment of water in the reservoirs. This decision will be made in the afternoon.
Alternative Water Supplies
Alternative water supplies that were put in place yesterday will remain available to the public today in the following locations:
- Drumshanbo – Mart Road
- Drumshanbo – National School – rotating to Drumcong National School
- Drumcong National School – on a rotating basis
- Corraleehan Church
- Drumreilly Church
- Aughawillian Church
- Ballinaboy - Macken Road Junction with Drumgeaglom Road
Irish Water makes every effort to ensure that the alternative drinking water supply provided, including the tanker/bowser, and dispensing tap, are adequately disinfected. However, as it is not practical to provide sterilised containers for the public to transport drinking water from the tanker to their homes and we cannot guarantee that any containers used by the public do not negatively impact or contaminate the drinking water. Therefore people are advised to boil this water before use.
Leak detection and repair crews are working continuously
Leak detection and repair crews are working continuously to find and fix leaks in the county as they arise and Irish Water would like to thank sincerely Leitrim County Council for their immense efforts during this very difficult time.
Irish Water will continue to monitor water demand across the county over the coming days and decisions will be taken daily as to whether night time restrictions need to be implemented and where alternative water supplies will be located.
Customers asked to conserve water and report leaks on the public water supply
Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected. Customers are also being asked to report any leaks they see on the public side to our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.
Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as we try to protect the levels of our reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households.
Irish Water and Leitrim County Council would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.
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Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to our Supply and Service section.