Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers

A Do Not Consume Notice remains in place for all consumers on the Carrigmore Water Supply Scheme due to elevated levels of nitrate in the water supply. The notice applies to approximately 180 customers supplied by the Carrigmore Public Water Supply Scheme. 

It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants.

Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Limerick City and County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. This includes works to optimise the nitrate treatment system at Carrigmore to cope with the elevated level of nitrates in the raw water.

Water tanker will be in place

In the meantime, a water tanker will be in place at the old creamery yard at Toher on the R507 south of Doon 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. Members of the public are also asked to observe also social distancing advice when collecting water.

Mains water can continue to be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils. Customers should continue to follow HSE guidance on handwashing at this time.

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
  • 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

We apologise for any inconvenience as a result of this issue. Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting this drinking water restriction as soon as practicable.

More information

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

Due to elevated levels of nitrate in the water supply

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE) Irish Water, working in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, has issued a Do Not Consume Notice for all consumers on the Carrigmore Water Supply Scheme due to elevated levels of nitrate in the water supply. The notice applies to approximately 370 customers supplied by the Carrigmore Public Water Supply Scheme. 

It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants. Mains water can continue to be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils. Customers should continue to follow HSE guidance on handwashing at this time.

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 Limerick.

Why is this notice in place?

Elevated levels of nitrates were detected on the Carrigmore Water Supply Scheme. The Carrigmore scheme was deactivated and customers were instead supplied from the water supply scheme in nearby Oola. However, due to the current dry weather spell, the Oola scheme has now come under increasing pressure and water levels are no longer sufficient to continue to supply customers on the Carrigmore scheme. The Carrigmore Water Supply Scheme is being reactivated this evening to ensure that customers will have water for personal hygiene and sanitation purposes, however a ‘Do Not Consume’ notice is also being put in place to protect public health. Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Limerick City and County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. These measures are being performed to safeguard the drinking water on this supply for the future.

Ian O’Mahony, Regional Operations Lead in Irish Water said “We acknowledge the impact of this notice on the local community in Carrigmore. Bottled water is being delivered to the households impacted this afternoon. We would ask vulnerable customers who have concerns to contact our customer care team on 1850 278 278. Water can continue to be used for handwashing and personal hygiene. Customers on this water supply scheme should continue to follow public health advice on handwashing at this time. We are working closely with our colleagues in Limerick City and County Council to lift the notice as quickly as it is safe to do so and safeguard the water supply for the future.”

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
  • 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 Limerick City and 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 and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.

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