Boil Water Notice issued on Monday, February 5 remains in place

Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice that was issued on the supply on Monday, February 5 remains in place until further notice.

A two-week testing and sampling programme which was implemented in agreement with the HSE is continuing and once all of the results have been received and reviewed collectively by all stakeholders involved further action will be advised by the HSE.

The Boil Water Notice was issued on the advice of the Health Service Executive following the detection of cryptosporidium in the treated water coming from the plant after a routine test.

Once boiled, the water is safe to use

Please continue to boil water before consumption including washing your teeth, making ice and preparing food that is not cooked. It is important that all customers on this scheme adhere to this boil water notice. Once boiled, the water is safe to use.

Areas affected by the Boil Water Notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co. Sligo.

The following areas in Co. Mayo are also affected: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS. A map of the affected areas is available below.

Irish Water and Sligo County Council sincerely apologise to all customers for any inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice.

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. Bottled water can be used to make up infant formula. 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. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute), and cooled in the normal way.
  • Anyone suffering from diarrhoea for more than two days should contact their general practitioner and provide a stool sample for testing. They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.

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

For more information, call our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.

View map of affected area

Mayo, Sligo

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