1 March 2018 Go back to News
Boil Water Notice Issued on Aughrim Annacurra Public Water Supply
The Boil Water Notice has been put in place as a precautionary measure, to protect approximately 1,600 people served by this supply
Following a mechanical failure of the chlorination system at the water treatment plant we cannot guarantee that the drinking water entering the Aughrim Annacurra Public Water Supply is adequately disinfected. The extremely cold weather we are currently experiencing is hampering repairs. This situation could continue for a number of days and a further update will issue tomorrow.
As per the instructions of the National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG), to ensure the health and safety of our workers and the local authority staff working in water services, there will be no staff available to respond to water or wastewater emergencies during the red weather warning called by Met Eireann from 4pm Thursday 1 March.
In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.
Irish Water apologises for the inconvenience caused by the imposition of the boil water notice. We will continue to work closely with Wicklow County Council and the HSE to monitor the supply and lift the notice as quickly as possible.
For more information and additional advice, please call our 24-hour customer care line at 1850 278 278.
Water must be boiled for:
- 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.
Irish Water has received the following advice from the HSE to make up infant formula:
- 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.
- 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. 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.
More information and advice is available on our Boil Water Notice section. You can also call our customer care team on Callsave 1850 278 278 for any queries on this notice and on Twitter @IWCare.