Boil Water Notice lifted for Drumconrath Public Water Supply with immediate effect

08 February 2022

Irish Water and Meath County Council wish to notify customers supplied by Drumconrath Public Water Supply that following receipt of consistent, satisfactory monitoring results, the Boil Water Notice is now lifted with immediate effect. This decision follows consultation undertaken with the Health Service Executive (HSE).

All customers served by Drumconrath Public Water Supply can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

The Boil Water Notice was issued as a precautionary measure on 28 December 2021 to protect the health of 1,227 customers following elevated turbidity levels in the water supply.

Michael Cunniffe, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead, acknowledged the impact of this notice on the community, adding: “Irish Water acknowledges the inconvenience that a Boil Water Notice is for the local community and we want to thank everyone for their patience while we worked with our colleagues in Meath County Council to lift the Boil Water Notice as quickly as it was safe to do so.  

Public Health is Irish Water’s No. 1 priority and this Boil Water Notice was put in place as a precaution to protect customers following elevated turbidity levels in the water supply. Where risks to water quality are identified through Irish Water’s enhanced testing and monitoring programme, Boil Water Notices are issued in order to safeguard public health. In all instances immediate action is taken to address the cause of the issue in order to lift the notice as quickly as possible, in agreement with the HSE.

Commenting on the upgrades planned to secure the Drumconrath Public Water Supply, Michael added: “Irish Water have a responsibility to maintain water supply for those supplied by Drumconrath Public Water Supply and as such, further Boil Water Notices may be necessary in order to continue supplying water to homes and businesses subject to ongoing water quality and while we progress plans to upgrade the supply. These plans will increase capacity, provide increased resilience, and safeguard the supply in Drumconrath and surrounding areas now and into the future.

The Irish Water Customer Contact Centre, open 24/7 on freephone 1800 278 278 is available to answer customer queries in relation to the lifting of this notice. Further information is available on our website.

Irish Water and Meath County Council acknowledge the patience, cooperation and assistance of impacted stakeholders during the period of this boil water notice and regrets any inconvenience caused.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

Previous Updates

Irish Water and Meath County Council would like to remind customers supplied by Drumconrath Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice issued on 28 December 2021, in consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), remains in place. The Boil Water Notice was issued as a precaution to protect the health of 1,227 customers following elevated turbidity levels in the water supply. 

Areas affected include Drumconrath, Druminshin, Loughbrackan, Drumsillagh, Kearntown, Ballymacolgan, Drumgill Upper, Corstown, Rathtrasna, Drumgill Lower, Summerhill , Mooneystown, Hennigan, Posseckstown, Rathreynolds, Saintjohnsfort, Mackanhill, Birdhill, Aclare House Demesne, Caddelstown, Woodtown, Piercetown, Syddan, Mentrim, Bigstown, Clonbartan, Mandistown, Newstone, Mullyandrew, Greenan and surrounding areas. A map of the impacted area is attached and is also available on our Water Supply Updates section.

Irish Water's primary focus is and always will be the protection of public health. Drinking water experts from Irish Water and Meath County Council are working to implement solutions to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible in consultation with the HSE. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil and cool their water before use until further notice. 

Michael Cunniffe, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead, acknowledged the impact of this notice on the community and regrets the inconvenience to impacted customers, adding: “Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority and we are working closely with Meath County Council to restore drinking water quality for all impacted customers and to lift the Boil Water Notice as quickly as it is safe to do so, in consultation with the HSE. I would like to thank impacted customers for their patience and cooperation while we prioritise works to restore a safe water supply to the community.

The boil water notice was imposed on this scheme due to elevated turbidity levels in the water supply. The turbidity levels are being monitoring closely and water quality sampling is taking place on the distribution network to ensure that any non-compliant water has passed through the system. Once we can demonstrate the turbidity levels are remaining within the allowable levels and we are in receipt of positive water quality test results, we will then consult with the HSE to seek lifting the BWN.

Commenting on the upgrades planned for Drumconrath Public Water Supply, Michael added: “We are also progressing plans to upgrade Drumconrath Public Water Supply which will increase capacity, provide increased resilience, and safeguard the supply in Drumconrath and surrounding areas now and into the future.

In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required for handwashing. 

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice and are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled. Those who have concerns should contact our customer care team on 1800 278 278.

Customers can check if they are impacted by this Boil Water Notice by visiting the Water Quality section of our website and entering their property’s Eircode in the search bar. 

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Water must be boiled 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;
  • 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.
  • Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Updates are available on our Water Supply Updates section of our website including a map of the affected area, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278. Customers are advised to set their location on our website to view updates specific to their water supply. Further information on using water during a Boil Water Notice is available on our Boil Water Notice page

Irish Water and Meath County Council would like to remind customers supplied by Drumconrath Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice issued on 28 December 2021, in consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), remains in place. The Boil Water Notice was issued as a precaution to protect the health of 1,227 customers following elevated turbidity levels in the water supply. 

Areas affected include Drumconrath, Druminshin, Loughbrackan, Drumsillagh, Kearntown, Ballymacolgan, Drumgill Upper, Corstown, Rathtrasna, Drumgill Lower, Summerhill , Mooneystown, Hennigan, Posseckstown, Rathreynolds, Saintjohnsfort, Mackanhill, Birdhill, Aclare House Demesne, Caddelstown, Woodtown, Piercetown, Syddan, Mentrim, Bigstown, Clonbartan, Mandistown, Newstone, Mullyandrew, Greenan and surrounding areas. A map of the impacted area is attached and is also available on the Water Supply Updates section of www.water.ie.

Irish Water's primary focus is and always will be the protection of public health. Drinking water experts from Irish Water and Meath County Council are working to implement solutions to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible in consultation with the HSE. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil and cool their water before use until further notice. 

Michael Cunniffe, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead, acknowledged the impact of this notice on the community and regrets the inconvenience to impacted customers, adding: “Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority and we are working closely with Meath County Council to restore drinking water quality for all impacted customers and to lift the Boil Water Notice as quickly as it is safe to do so, in consultation with the HSE. I would like to thank impacted customers for their patience and cooperation while we prioritise works to restore a safe water supply to the community.

The boil water notice was imposed on this scheme due to elevated turbidity levels in the water supply. The turbidity levels are being monitoring closely and water quality sampling is taking place on the distribution network to ensure that any non-compliant water has passed through the system. Once we can demonstrate the turbidity levels are remaining within the allowable levels and we are in receipt of positive water quality test results, we will then consult with the HSE to seek lifting the BWN.

Commenting on the upgrades planned for Drumconrath Public Water Supply, Michael added: “We are also progressing plans to upgrade Drumconrath Public Water Supply which will increase capacity, provide increased resilience, and safeguard the supply in Drumconrath and surrounding areas now and into the future.

In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required for handwashing. 

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice and are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled. Those who have concerns should contact our customer care team on 1800 278 278.

Customers can check if they are impacted by this Boil Water Notice by visiting the Water Quality section of our website and entering their property’s Eircode in the search bar. 

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Water must be boiled 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;
  • 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.
  • Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Updates are available on Supply and Service Updates section of our website including a map of the affected area, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278. Customers are advised to set their location on our website to view updates specific to their water supply. Further information on using water during a Boil Water Notice is available on www.water.ie/bwn

Irish Water and Meath County Council would like to remind customers supplied by Drumconrath Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice issued on 28 December 2021, in consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), remains in place. The Boil Water Notice was issued as a precaution to protect the health of 1,227 customers following elevated turbidity levels in the water supply.

Areas affected include Drumconrath, Druminshin, Loughbrackan, Drumsillagh, Kearntown, Ballymacolgan, Drumgill Upper, Corstown, Rathtrasna, Drumgill Lower, Summerhill , Mooneystown, Hennigan, Posseckstown, Rathreynolds, Saintjohnsfort, Mackanhill, Birdhill, Aclare House Demesne, Caddelstown, Woodtown, Piercetown, Syddan, Mentrim, Bigstown, Clonbartan, Mandistown, Newstone, Mullyandrew, Greenan and surrounding areas. A map of the impacted area is attached and is also available on the Water Supply Updates section of our website.

Irish Water's primary focus is and always will be the protection of public health. Drinking water experts from Irish Water and Meath County Council are working to implement solutions to lift the notice as quickly and as safely as possible in consultation with the HSE. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil and cool their water before use until further notice.

Michael Cunniffe, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead, acknowledged the impact of this notice on the community and regrets the inconvenience to impacted customers, adding: “Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority and we are working closely with Meath County Council to restore drinking water quality for all impacted customers and to lift the Boil Water Notice as quickly as it is safe to do so, in consultation with the HSE. I would like to thank impacted customers for their patience and cooperation while we prioritise works to restore a safe water supply to the community.

The boil water notice was imposed on this scheme due to elevated turbidity levels in the water supply. The turbidity levels are being monitoring closely and water quality sampling is taking place on the distribution network to ensure that any non-compliant water has passed through the system. Once we can demonstrate the turbidity levels are remaining within the allowable levels and we are in receipt of positive water quality test results, we will then consult with the HSE to seek lifting the BWN.

Commenting on the upgrades planned for Drumconrath Public Water Supply, Michael added: “We are also progressing plans to upgrade Drumconrath Public Water Supply which will increase capacity, provide increased resilience, and safeguard the supply in Drumconrath and surrounding areas now and into the future.

In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required for handwashing. 

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice and are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled. Those who have concerns should contact our customer care team on 1800 278 278.

Customers can check if they are impacted by this Boil Water Notice by visiting the Water Quality section of our website and entering their property’s Eircode in the search bar.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Water must be boiled 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;
  • 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.
  • Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Updates are available on our Water Supply Updates section on water.ie including a map of the affected area, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1800 278 278. Customers are advised to set their location on water.ie to view updates specific to their water supply. Further information on using water during a Boil Water Notice is available on www.water.ie/bwn.

In consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water and Meath County Council can confirm that a Boil Water Notice has been put in place with immediate effect due to elevated turbidity levels. The reservoir is now empty and water is to be restored under the protection of a Boil Water Notice as a precautionary measure to protect approximately 1,227 customers served by the Drumconrath Public Water Supply. 

Reservoir levels are now depleted, customers will experience loss of supply for several hours until the reservoir replenishes. Once the supply returns, it is important to boil the water.

Areas impacted include; Drumconrath, Druminshin, Loughbrackan, Drumsillagh, Kearntown, Ballymacolgan, Drumgill Upper, Corstown, Rathtrasna, Drumgill Lower, Summerhill , Mooneystown, Hennigan, Posseckstown, Rathreynolds, Saintjohnsfort, Mackanhill, Birdhill, Aclare House Demesne, Caddelstown, Woodtown, Piercetown, Syddan, Mentrim, Bigstown, Clonbartan, Mandistown, Newstone, Mullyandrew, Greenan and surrounding areas. Please view the attached map for more information.

Irish Water’s drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Meath County Council to resolve the issue as quickly and as safely as possible.

Tselo Tlou, Irish Water said: “Irish Water acknowledges the impact and inconvenience caused by the imposition of a Boil Water Notice to homes and businesses, especially at this time of year but public health is our main priority and it is essential we put the notice in place at this time. We wish to thank the community for their patience and cooperation while we work to resolve this issue."

In the meantime, all customers of this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice. In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

Irish Water is contacting registered vulnerable customers who are affected by this Boil Water Notice to advise them.

For queries regarding this Boil Water Notice, customers should contact Irish Water directly on our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1800 278 278. Updates will be available on the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website and via Twitter @IWCare.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

Further information on using water during a Boil Water Notice can be found on the Boil Water Notice section of our website.
 
Boil Water Notice advice

Water must be boiled 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. 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.