14 February 2020 Go back to News
Customers supplied by Lough Talt water supply are reminded that the Boil Water Notice is still in place
Works are progressing at existing Lough Talt treatment plant
Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, would like to remind customers supplied by the Lough Talt public water supply that the scheme remains on a boil water notice. Works are progressing at the existing Lough Talt treatment plant to ensure a safe and secure supply of water will be delivered to the people on this scheme by the end of 2020.
The current Lough Talt water treatment plant does not provide adequate treatment for protection against cryptosporidium and needs to be upgraded. The risk of further detections remains high without a validated barrier against cryptosporidium. This can result in severe illness if the public do not boil their water before consumption. Generally the highest number of cryptosporidiosis cases are reported in springtime.
The water supply is included on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL), because the existing water treatment plant does not provide sufficient protection against cryptosporidium and trihalomethanes (THM).
Commenting, John McElwaine, Irish Water said “Public health is our number one priority and it is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice which remains in place. Irish Water is committed to safeguarding the treated water supplied from the Lough Talt Regional Water Supply for the future and would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience they are experiencing due to the current boil water notice.
“We would like to once again thank the public for their continued cooperation and patience while we work to deliver this much-needed upgrade’’.
Approximately 13,000 people are affected including the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of:
- Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carrowneden, Kilmacteige and Coolaney
The boil water notice also includes consumers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme and the following areas in Co Mayo:
- Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield
The boil water notice is no longer in effect in the Bellaghy area following a connection which allowed this area to be supplied from the Charlestown public water supply. This connection removed 488 customers from the boil water notice in Bellaghy, Sandyhill, Cloonaughill, Cully, the southern 80 per cent part of Bunnacrannagh, Brackloonagh, Brogher, Lissard, and Curryfuel.
Business customers will receive a 40 per cent rebate on the cost of the supply of water to their businesses for the duration of the boil water notice and this will be back dated to February 5, 2018.
Should customers have any queries regarding this boil water notice they should contact Irish Water directly on our customer care helpline. Updates are available on the Water Supply Updates section, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline open 24/7 on 1850 278 278. For billing enquiries call 1850 778 778. Further information can be found on our Boil Water Notice page.
- 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
- When boiling water
- 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
- 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
- Prepare infant feeds with tap water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times.
- Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula but if it is used it should be boiled once and cooled. 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.
- 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.
A Boil Water Notice is imposed to protect human health. If you have concerns regarding your animals drinking water that is subject to a Boil Water Notice then you should consult your Vet. Outdoor animals, such as cattle and horses, are exposed to bacteria on a daily basis vastly in excess of that experienced by humans.