The water situation as reported this morning was production at 552.4Mld and demand at 545.9Mld i.e. a net gain of 6.5Mld. We now have storage in Stillorgan of over 670Mld. We will have pressure reductions tonight from 8pm to 7am but we will not have any cut offs. We will advise you about tomorrow night in the morning. It is still the intention that there will be no cut-offs from the 23rd to 28th December inclusive. We will review the position again on the 29th December.
Michael Phillips and I attended another meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordinating Committee this morning. In the Dublin area there was very heavy snow last night and there are more snow showers over the Irish Sea coming in over the East Coast many affecting Dublin. Tonight and Wednesday there is some risk of more snow in the East with Thursday mainly dry and cold. Freezing fog will be an issue in the Midlands. Dry through Christmas Eve with a change to milder weather through Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day.
The NRA continues to manage overall salt supplies. The good news is that they expect to be able to up the supply of salt to local authorities from tonight to 3,000 tonnes (as opposed to closer to 2,000 tonnes over the past few nights). We are continuing to spread salt in the city as per the map on the website.
A further piece of good news is that the City Council made a claim of €1,263,389 to the DEHLG for the additional and exceptional costs incurred in respect of severe weather response activities i.e. under the recently announced Supplementary Funding for Severe Winter Weather. The DEHLG advised last night that the claim would be paid in full on 22nd December 2010.