The Boil Water Notice (BWN) currently in place for the Avoca Ballinaclash Public Water Supply remains in place until further notice. Irish Water, in partnership with Wicklow County Council, are continuing to work closely with the HSE and the EPA to lift the BWN as soon as possible.
This BWN was put in place as a precaution following issues with the treatment process which impacted on the UV disinfection treatment at the Water Treatment Plant serving the Avoca Ballinaclash PWS.
Irish Water are installing upgrades at the plant to prevent this failure from happening again and to safeguard the future water supply for the area. Works are progressing well on these upgrades which will improve controls of the treatment process.
Following the completion of these works, verification works, including sampling, will need to be carried out before the BWN can be lifted.
At this time, customers are advised to follow the Boil Water Notice advice below.
Irish Water acknowledges the impact and inconvenience caused by this BWN to homes and businesses in the Avoca Ballinaclash area. We wish to thank the community for their ongoing patience and cooperation while we work to resolve this issue. Irish Water’s priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding that water supply for the future is a vital focus.

Boil Water Notice advice:

  • Water must be boiled for:
  • Drinking
  • Drinks made with water
  • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
  • Brushing of teeth
  • Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

What actions should be taken:

  • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads)
  • Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling
  • Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
  • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
  • Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na' is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.

Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.


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