Recent testing indicates a water quality issue

Following the advice of the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water working in partnership with Wicklow County Council, has issued a Boil Water notice with immediate effect on the Aughrim Annacurra Public Water Supply. It has come to the attention of Irish Water and Wicklow County Council that recent testing of the public water supply served by this scheme indicates a water quality issue. In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Aughrim Annacurra Water Supply Scheme boil their water before use.

Boil Water Notice imposed with immediate effect for all 1,588 customers

The Boil Water Notice is being imposed with immediate effect for all 1,588 customers on the Aughrim Annacurra Water Supply Scheme.

We will continue to liaise with the HSE with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable. Together with Wicklow County Council we are working to resolve the issue and appreciate your patience during this time.

Water must be boiled (rolling boil for 1 minute and then cooled) for:

  • Drinking
  • Preparing drinks made with water
  • Preparing salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
  • Brushing teeth
  • Making ice

Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink.

What you can use water for:

  • Personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but NOT for brushing teeth or gargling

Please ensure the following advice is followed:

  • Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
  • Caution should be taken when bathing children to ensure they do not swallow bathing water
  • Discard ice cubes in freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.

Only use Prepared Water (boiled and cooled) for the following situations.

  • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads)
  • 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 also 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 a 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

For more information and advice, please visit our Boil Water Notice section. You can also call our customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278 for any queries on this notice or contact us on Twitter @IWCare. 


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