6th May 2015 - Irish Water has issued boil water notice as a precautionary measure to 6,400 customers in Westport due to 8 cases of Cryptosporidiosis in the Westport Area being reported to the HSE in recent weeks. Although water testing has not detected the presence of Cryptosporidium in the supply serving this area, 7 of the 8 cases identified have been in the area serviced by Westport Public Water Scheme.
Drinking water is one possible source for this potentially serious infectious disease and in the interest of public health, and in the absence of the definite source of the illness being identified; this boil water notice is being issued by Irish Water on advice from the HSE. Persons with an impaired immune system, young children and older people are most susceptible to Cryptosporidium.
Drinking water produced at Westport Water Treatment works is routinely sampled for Cryptosporidium and to date nothing has been detected. The most recent samples were returned last Friday and further sampling has been carried out this week. Results of analysis on these samples are expected this coming Friday. Irish Water will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable.
Irish Water and Mayo County Council are in the process of providing an alternative supply from Lough Mask to parts of Westport to minimise the number of customers affected by this notice. Affected customers are advised to carefully following the guidance provided on the Boil Water Notice and to check www.water.ie for further updates in the coming days. Information will also be provided through local newspapers, Midwest Radio, Mayo County Council Website and Leaflet drops to food business operators.
Irish Water and Mayo County Council apologises to all affected customers for the inconvenience and disruption the imposition of this boil water notice will cause.