22 May 2020 Go back to News
Boil Water Notice being issued for Kinvara Public Water Supply
BWN due to essential repairs to a piece of equipment at water treatment plant
Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to notify customers supplied by the Kinvara Public Water Supply that a boil water notice will be in place on the water supply from Monday, May 25 at 9am due to essential repairs to a piece of equipment at the water treatment plant. The boil water notice will remain in place until these essential repairs are complete and Irish Water will notify customers once the restriction has been lifted. Areas impacted include Kinvara and the surrounding areas of Nogra, Moy, Dooras, Gortboy, Caheravoneen, Cahernamadra, Tralick, Crushooa and the west side of Ballinderreen village.
Commenting Tim O’Connor, Irish Water said “The repairs are expected to take place over several days and will involve taking the treatment processes offline. In order to protect the health of customers, the boil water notice is necessary.
“Irish Water and Galway County Council fully acknowledge the impact and inconvenience caused by this restriction for homes and businesses in the area and would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation while these essential works are taking place. Public health is our number one priority and it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice while it is in place.”
The HSE has advised that the tap water is safe to use for personal hygiene such as handwashing, bathing and flushing of toilets and the public is urged to continue frequent handwashing in line with HSE Covid-19 advice.
Irish Water would like to assure customers that we are working at this time with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services.
Updates are available on the Water Supply Updates section on our website, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline open 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Further information on Boil Water Notices can be found on our Boil Water Notice page.
- 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
- When boiling water
- 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
- Where a Boil Water Notice is in place, you can prepare infant formula from tap water that has been boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute) and cooled beforehand
- Prepare infant feeds with tap water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times.
- Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula but if it is used it should be boiled once and cooled. All bottled water, with the exception of natural mineral water, is regulated to the same standard as drinking water. It is best not to use bottled water labelled as ‘Natural Mineral Water’ as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals, although it rarely does. ‘Natural Mineral Water’ can be used if no other water is available, for as short a time as possible, as it is important to keep babies hydrated.
- Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.
- Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.
A Boil Water Notice is imposed to protect human health. If you have concerns regarding your animals drinking water that is subject to a Boil Water Notice then you should consult your Vet. Outdoor animals, such as cattle and horses, are exposed to bacteria on a daily basis vastly in excess of that experienced by humans.