Irish Water are imposing night-time restrictions on the Pettigo public water supply from now into the foreseeable future in a bid to preserve water.
Irish Water has repeated the urgent appeal to Donegal customers to continue conserving water during unprecedented dry spell. The company and Donegal County Council are continuing to monitoring all water supplies across the county.
Effective immediately, night time restrictions have been imposed on the Pettigo water supply from 11pm until 7am. This will continue for the foreseeable future as the situation is being monitored.
The Lough Mourne and Inishowen water supplies are still classified as at-risk and customers supplied from these schemes are asked to be especially mindful of their water consumption at this critical time.
As the weather conditions remain warm and the drought is increasingly reducing water levels in rivers, lakes and boreholes, production at water treatment plants is struggling to meet increasing demand.
The public across the whole county are urged to continue conserving water in every possible way to ensure a continuous supply for all.
Irish Water are appealing to the public to report leaks on the public water network to 1850 278 278 and to repair private side leaks in both homes and in businesses.
Irish Water’s Tips to help conserve water:
Leak free: Check that your home is leak free. Check for running overflows and fix any dripping taps, cisterns or pipes
Don’t let the tap run: Brushing your teeth with the tap running can use up to a staggering 6 litres per minute. Brushing your teeth with the tap off will use a more modest 1 litre of water
Shower vs. Bath:The average bath uses 80 litres of water compared to an average shower using 49 litres in seven minutes. Switch your bath to a shower for a massive water saving
Less time: With the average shower using 7 litres of water per minute by turning your five minute shower into four minutes, you could save up to 7 litres of water per day!
Fully loaded: Always ensure your dishwasher and washing machines are fully loaded. A modern washing machine uses approximately 65 litres of water per cycle while a dishwasher uses 20 litres. By ensuring they are fully loaded, not only will you conserve water but you will also reduce your energy bills
Don’t flush it all away:A third of all water used in the home is flushed down the toilet. Some larger cisterns can continue to work effectively with a smaller flush. Place a displacement device into the cistern (out of the way of moving parts) to save water.