26 January 2021 Go back to News
Boil Water Notice issued for customers on the Kilineer Public Water Supply
In consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Louth County Council can confirm that a Boil Water Notice has been put in place with immediate effect for all customers on the Kilineer Public Water Supply.
The area impacted by this Boil Water Notice is Kilineer Cottages and affects approximately 30 people. The precise extent of the area impacted is shown on the map attached.
The Boil Water Notice has been put in place as a precaution while Irish Water’s drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Louth County Council to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible.
In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice.
Irish Water acknowledges the impact and inconvenience caused by the imposition of a Boil Water Notice to homes and businesses. We wish to thank the community for their patience and cooperation while we work to resolve this issue. Irish Water’s priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding that water supply for the future is a vital focus.
Irish Water is contacting registered vulnerable customers who are affected by this Boil Water Notice to advise them.
Should customers have any queries regarding this Boil Water Notice they should contact Irish Water directly on our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1850 278 278. Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section and via Twitter @IWCare.
Further information on using water during a Boil Water Notice can be found on our Boil Water Notice page.
Boil Water Notice advice
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. It is important to continue to follow the HSE guidance when collecting water including social distancing and hand hygiene.
- 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. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na' is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.
- If you have pets and are concerned about the impact of providing mains water while this BWN is in place, you should ask your local vet for advice
- Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.