In the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users on the Abbeyfields Water Supply Scheme boil their water before use.

Following the advice of the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water working in partnership with Meath County Council, has issued a Boil Water notice with immediate effect on the Abbeyfields Water Supply.

It has come to the attention of Irish Water and Meath 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 Abbeyfields Water Supply Scheme boil their water before use.

The  Boil Water Notice is being imposed with immediate effect for all 239 customers on the Abbeyfields Water Supply Scheme. View a map of the affected areas, detailing properties affected. 

We don’t know at present when the boil water notice will be lifted, but Irish Water and Meath County Council will continue to liaise with the HSE with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable. 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
  • 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.



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