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Reservoir Situation Stable 16 October 2003

So far this month there has been 38.6mm of rain at West Baldwin - that's about 63% of the long term average. The weather forecast for the period 14th to 18th October suggests it will be "fair" or "fine", with little or no rain in prospect.

The UK Met Office have said this looks a though it is going to be the driest year for 350 years.

With the little amount of rainfall the reservoirs have remained static, the contents are:

  • West Baldwin, 37.8% full, 31.9 days supply, no significant change
  • Ballure, 77.3% full, 21.6 days supply, no significant change
  • Clypse, 8.6% full, not taking water, no change
  • Kerrowdhoo, 10.1% full, not taking water, due "earthy taste", no change
  • Cringle, 8.8% full, not taking water, down to the dregs, no change
  • Sulby, 74.1% full, over one years supply, no significant change

Ballagawne Water Treatment Works was taken out of commission last week due to lack of water. The whole of the supply for the south of the Island is now being derived, in equal proportions, from Sulby Water Treatment Works (via the West Coast Trunk Main and St Johns Pumping Station) and Glencrutchery Water Treatment Works via the Braaid Service Reservoir.

The level of West Baldwin continues to be maintained by constant pumping over the hill at Beinn-y-Phott from Sulby Reservoir. The pumps at Sulby Dam have been running since the beginning of September and are delivering about 13 million litres per day, which is the maximum rate at which it can be pumped.

Water consumption has levelled out and seems to be stable - thanks to the public for their efforts to conserve supplies.

A total ban on the use of hosepipes has now come into force. Some people have already been warned and a second occasion will result in the Authority seeking to prosecute any offenders, with fines up to £1,000.

The Authority has made a 50% reduction in compensation water being discharged from West Baldwin Reservoir, down from 200,000 gallons per day to 100,000 gallons per day.

The Authority continues to receive a steady number of complaints each day about water quality, mainly with regard to discoloured water.

The supply situation has stabilised and should remain that way provided customers do not waste water, but the water authority continues to review the situation on a daily basis.

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