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Major water leak repaired in Buncrana 14.09.21

GOOD news for Inishowen as Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, has saved in excess of 500,000 litres of water per day following a major leakage investigation and repair in Buncrana. The works will provide a more secure and reliable water supply for the town and surrounding areas.

Repair of the massive leak on the Buncrana to Slab road has saved enough clean drinking water to supply almost 3,900 people or the population equivalent of Manorcunningham, Newtowncunningham, Burnfoot, Fahan, Saint Johnston and Killea for a day.

Irish Water and Donegal County Council recognised that the water supply in Buncrana, the second most populated town in Donegal, was subject to a high level of leakage but there was a challenge in locating the water loss due to the limited information on the underground public network.
Major leak repair in Buncrana saves over 500k litres of water per day.
An extensive review of the network was carried out and following the installation of a new public meter, crews were able to locate the leak and plan the repair.
The works involved the installation of a bulk meter, which gathers information about water usage and flow, on the Buncrana trunk main. The meter enabled crews to locate the underground leak on the public supply, which serves a large geographical area from Buncrana to Muff and Saint Johnson to Manorcunningham.

Irish Water and Donegal County Council worked together to ensure the successful completion of the project and invaluable local knowledge, coupled with the fact that works took place overnight on 20 July 2021, helped minimise disruption to the local community.

Speaking about the success of the repair, Declan Cawley, Networks Regional Lead with Irish Water, said, “It is difficult to comprehend that over 500,000 litres of clean drinking water was being lost underground, every day. No water was surfacing on the ground, so the data was imperative for us to locate this leak. Water is a valuable resource and expensive to produce so finding this massive leak and successfully repairing it was of paramount importance".
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