Notice issued due to elevated levels of nitrate in the water supply

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE) Irish Water, working in partnership with Wicklow County Council, has issued a Do Not Consume Notice for all consumers on the Kiltegan Water Supply Scheme. It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants. This is due to elevated levels of nitrate in the water supply. The notice applies to 269 customers supplied by the Kiltegan Public Water Supply Scheme.

This is not a Boil Water Notice

Please note this is not a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water will not reduce Nitrate levels and is therefore not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to other areas and water schemes in Co. Wicklow.

Water tanker outside Katie Lowes Pub from 3pm

A water tanker will be in place outside Katie Lowes Pub from 3pm today to provide an alternative water supply to customers. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure.

Public Health Advice

This water should not be used for

  • Drinking
  • Drinks made with water
  • Food preparation, washing or cooking of food,
  • Brushing of teeth
  • Making of ice

Children under 12 months old should not drink this water

In particular, children under 12 months old should not drink this water. This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants. An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also 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.
  • Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
  • Caution should be taken when bathing infants to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
  • Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges

What can you use water for?

  • The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting this drinking water restriction as soon as practicable.

Updates

Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section, on Twitter @IWCare, via our customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1850 278 278 and on the Wicklow County Council website.

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