Emergency Water Notice – Fingal County Council December 28th

28/12/2010

The following information has been provided by Fingal County Council at 3pm today, December 28th.

Current Water Disruptions: Tuesday 28th December at 3pm
We have repaired eight watermain leaks over the past two days, however, we are experiencing alot of problems across the network which our staff are dealing with on a daily basis. The water network is more prone to leaks as temperatures rise after the severe cold weather and we will continue to repair leaks as they occur.

Naul, Walshestown, Ballyboghil, Balrothery and surrounding areas: The reservoirs at Hollywood and Palmerstown are at critically low levels and as a result customers in these areas will have no water until the reservoir levels increase again which is likely to be around 12 noon tomorrow at the earliest.

Garristown: There is a mechanical problem with the pumps at the reservoir. The pumps are being repaired and it is hoped to have the water restored to the area by late afternoon but at severely reduced pressure.

Loughshinny: a burst watermain has been located in the Loughshinny area. Repairs will be carried out and it is hoped to have water restored by late this evening.

Water Tanker Locations: Static water tankers will be put in place this afternoon at the following locations: Naul Village and at the Grand Hotel in Malahide

Water Restrictions
Due to an unprecedented demand on water supply in the Dublin Region, reservoirs across the region are at critical levels.  Because of this increase in demand, water supply will be restricted across the coming days in order to secure the reservoirs.

During the restricted periods there should be adequate supplies in your household water tank for very moderate household use.  Please do not run appliances such as washing machines and diswashers during the restricted periods.  We urge everyone across the county to conserve water during this period – go to www.taptips.ie for ideas on how to conserve water.

RESTRICTED HOURS WILL RUN FROM 6pm TO 12 NOON ON THE FOLLOWING DAY, ON THE DAYS LISTED BELOW.  THIS LIST WILL BE REVIEWED REGULARLY.

Monday 27th December

Swords, Feltrim, Drynam, Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Baldoyle and Howth Areas (Offington and Duncarraig).

Tuesday 28th December 

Malahide/Portmarnock*: 2pm to 12 noon (time brought forward to 2pm as reservoir is almost empty)

Balbriggan and Balrothery: 6pm to 12 noon

Ongar, Littlepace, Church Road, and Huntstown: 6pm to 12 noon

Wednesday 29th December 

Castleknock, Carpenterstown, Lohunda O’Neill’s Corner: 6pm to 12 noon

Swords and Santry: 6pm to 12 noon

*As you are aware we have been throttling supplies (reducing pressure) in Malahide in addition to shutting off supplies on selected nights over the last number of weeks. We are carrying out these works in an effort to secure supplies in the Reservoir serving Malahide and Portmarnock. We had a planned shutdown in this area from 6pm this evening to 12 noon tomorrow. However, reservoir levels in Malahide reached critically low levels at 1pm this afternoon so much so that we were in danger of losing the reservoir completely. The outcome of losing the reservoir would have been loss of supply to these areas for a prolonged period and it could have been weeks rather than days before normal supplies were returned to these areas. This problem is a regional problem with production in the region of 554ML of water and regional demand at 624ML. We are trying to normalize supplies right across the region and the current situation can only be resolved with a reduction in demand for water and the repairs of any water mains which are leaking and or burst. As bursts are identified emergency crews are carrying out repairs.