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Water supply update

While the situation is improving in many areas, there are still severe problems which are being worked on by council staff. Consumers are again asked to use water sparingly and property owners and key holders should check for leaks in unoccupied premises anf shut off the water if necessary

Location of standpipes/tankers

Fermoy:  6 standpipes 24/12/10 -  2 tankers 28/12/10 - 3 tankers 29-30/12/10
Mallow:  2 tankers 23- 28/12/10 - 4 tankers since 28/12/10
Crosshaven: 1 standpipe in Crosshaven since yesterday (29th Dec)
Macroom: 2 tankers in Macroom since 26th Dec
Carrigadrohid: 1 tanker in Carrigadrohid since yesterday (29th Dec).
Bantry: Stand pipe made available in Bantry 30th Dec
Reservoir levels improving slowly - all unoccupied properties should be checked.
The following supply restrictions are needed to help restore reservoirs.
Macroom supply will be shut off again tonight 9.00pm to 9.00am.
Glanmire/Riverstown also off tonight 9.00pm to 9.00am.
Sections of Donoughmore network have been shut off at present-leakage detection underway.
Grenagh may also have to be shut off tonight 9.00pm to 9.00am.
Carrigadrohid/Canovee/Larchill without supply for last number of days.  May be possible to supply.  Carrigadrohid later today.

Still a large number of service pipe leaks to be repaired.
Consumption in all supplies much higher than normal.

North Cork

Efforts to restore the supply in Mallow received a major setback last night when an ESB transformed blew near the water pumphouse at Dromore. Severe interruptions will continue in all areas except thr town centre. Tankers will continue to supply water daily at Church of the Resurrection & Bowling Green car park from 12.00noon to 4.00pm daily and also at Woodview Drive and Canon Sheehan Place from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm

In relation to Fermoy Water supply it will be at least 2 more days of shut downs before there is enough water to pump to the high tower so that supply can be restored to  Baile Ard, Uplands & Strawhall. We have major leaks/bursts through out the town and we have our own crews and private contractors working on repairing them.
Water will be back on from 10.00 to 11.30am at Pike Road, including St.Josephs & Rathcarraig. Water will be turned off in Oliver plunkett Hill (including Beechfield,  Mallow road, Rathealy Road at 12.00 mid-day today for 24 hrs.
Water will back on at Duntaheen Area today from mid-day until 3.00 p.m.
Water will be off in Clondulane from 4.00 p.m today  to tomorrow
The Council has provided tankers supplying water at Baile Ard, Beechfield and at Rathcarrig from 12.00 to 4.00pm daily.
The Allow Supply (which serves Freemount, Dromina, Milford, Liscarroll and surrounding areas)
The Freemount reservoir has recovered and supply should be restored to all areas today. Charleville supply also recovered and no further interruptions
Reservoir level has recovered somewhat but still low in Millstreet - further nightly interruptions can be expected. Laugt and Caherbarnagh reservoirs are empty and severe disruptions will continue today.

Kanturk reservoir is very low and it is expected that the supply will be off again tonight. There appears to be a serious problem with vacant premises. Newmarket can also expect some disruptions especially to the higher parts of the town.

South Cork

Inniscarra, Innishannon, Glashaboy are in full production and reservoirs are slowly building .

Major leak located and repaired in Cobh yesterday has greatly improved situation there but Cobh demand remains high - pressure reduction will be employed at night but cut-off can hopefully be avoided.

Glanmire area will also have pressure reduction at night for a number of days yet.

Macroom remains under significant stress and supply will be cut-off overnight (9pm-9am but may not make it to 9pm tonight)

We have breaks in Rylane, Donoughmore and Grenagh that we hope to repair today. Carrigadrohid burst watermains and is shut off - added complication is that it is fed from Macroom.

Myrtleville has been badly affected but we hope to have it resolved today.

West Cork

Water production is at significantly increased levels throughout West Cork e.g. Glengarriff and Castletownbere Water Supply Scheme's are at tree times last month's average, Clonakilty RWSS up 20%, Skibbereen RWSS up 60%, and Schull Area up 50%.
Following further work and investigation today it now appears that it may not be necessary to shut off as many areas tonight but the following areas will be curtailed again: Rooska & Beeech areas of Bantry, Ballylickey, Snave, Drimoleague, Dunmanway Town, Ringaroga, Sherkin, Ballylinchy & Butlerstown.
There are particular problems on the south side of Bantry in the Gortacloona Area and temporary supplies of drinking water will be provided again at Bantry Area Office tomorrow..
The supply situation is still critical and we are continuously asking consumers to conserve water and check all unoccupied premises for leaking pipes.

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