Notice was required due to flooding event

A Do Not Consume drinking water restriction that was in place for customers supplied by the Kirikee public water supply since 25 August has been lifted with immediate effect.

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council carried out a programme of flushing out the water mains and sampling and monitoring of water supplies. Network flushing has been completed and water quality sampling has confirmed that the water is now safe to drink. 

It was necessary to issue the Do Not Consume notice on 25 August 2020, following consultation with the HSE due to flooding of the water treatment plant and a raw water borehole, following heavy rainfall.

Following consultation with the HSE, Irish Water and Wicklow County Council are advising all customers in Kirikee that the drinking water can now be consumed as normal.

If anyone has any queries they can call the Irish Water customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. 

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Notice required due to flooding event

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council wish to remind customers supplied by Kirikee Public Water Supply that the Do Not Consume Notice, issued on 25 August, remains in place.

In consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), a Do Not Consume Notice was issued on the Kirikee Public Water Supply due to flooding of the water treatment plant and a raw water borehole, following heavy rainfall and subsequent flood of the Avonbeg River, which contaminated the drinking water from the plant.

Irish Water's primary focus continues to be the protection of public health. As part of the process to lift the Do Not Consume notice, Irish Water and Wicklow County Council carried out a programme of flushing out the water mains and sampling of water supplies. Network flushing has been completed and the plant has returned to normal operations. Irish Water would like to reassure customers that our drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Wicklow County Council and the HSE to resolve this situation and lift this drinking water restriction as quickly and as safely as possible.

An alternative water supply is in place to support impacted customers. Water Tankers with clean drinking water are currently available at Kirikee Community Hall and Ballinacor Community Park. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil the water before consumption as a precautionary measure. Vulnerable customers registered on this supply have been notified.

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

Please note, this is not a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water is not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to any other areas or water schemes in County Wicklow.

Public Health Advice:

This water should NOT be used for:

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

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

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.

Notice required due to flooding event

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council wish to remind customers supplied by Kirikee Public Water Supply that the Do Not Consume Notice, issued on 25 August, remains in place.

In consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), a Do Not Consume Notice was issued on the Kirikee Public Water Supply due to flooding of the water treatment plant and a raw water borehole, following heavy rainfall and subsequent flood of the Avonbeg River, which contaminated the drinking water from the plant.

An alternative water supply is in place to support impacted customers. Water Tankers with clean drinking water are currently available at Kirikee Community Hall and Ballinacor Community Park. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil the water before consumption as a precautionary measure. Vulnerable customers have been notified.

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

Please note, this is not a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water is not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to any other areas or water schemes in County Wicklow.

Irish Water would like to reassure our customers that our drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Wicklow County Council and the HSE to resolve this situation and lift this drinking water restriction as quickly and as safely as possible.

Public Health Advice:

This water should NOT be used for:

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

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

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.

Do Not Consume notice applies to any water remaining in the network at this time

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council wish to remind customers supplied by Kirikee Public Water Supply that the Do Not Consume Notice, issued on 25 August, remains in place. 

In consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), a Do Not Consume Notice was issued on the Kirikee Public Water Supply due to flooding of the water treatment plant and a raw water borehole, following heavy rainfall and subsequent flood of the Avonbeg River, which contaminated the drinking water from the plant. The water treatment plant was shut down temporarily, therefore, this Do Not Consume notice applies to any water remaining in the network at this time. A water outage is in place while remedial works are carried out at the plant. 

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

Please note, this is not a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water is not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to any other areas or water schemes in County Wicklow.

Water tankers available

An alternative water supply is in place to support impacted customers. Water Tankers with clean drinking water are currently available at Kirikee Community Hall and Ballinacor Community Park. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil the water before consumption as a precautionary measure. Vulnerable customers have been notified and bottled water has been arranged for delivery. 

Irish Water’s drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in Wicklow County Council and the HSE to resolve this situation and lift this drinking water restriction as quickly and as safely as possible. 

Public Health Advice

This water should NOT be used for:

  • Drinking

  • Drinks made with water

  • Food preparation, washing or cooking of food
  • Brushing teeth
  • Making 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 mains water for:

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

More information

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

Do Not Consume Notice issued for all customers on the Kirikee public water supply

Following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish Water working in partnership with Wicklow County Council has issued a Do Not Use Notice for customers on the Kirikee public water supply serving approximately 90 people.

This notice is being issued following flooding of the water treatment plant and a raw water borehole following heavy rainfall and subsequent flood of the Avonbeg River, which has contaminated the drinking water from the plant.

The water treatment plant has now been shut down temporarily, therefore this Do Not Consume notice applies to any water remaining in the network at this time. Customers on the Kirikee public water supply will be impacted by a water outage while works are carried out at the plant.

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

Please note this is not a Boil Water Notice. Boiling the water is not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume. This notice does not apply to any other areas or water schemes in County Wicklow.

Irish Water and Wicklow County Council are mobilising water tankers which will be available at Kirikee community hall and Ballinacor Community Park this evening.

Irish Water’s drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in the Wicklow County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible.

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
  • 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.

Water Supply 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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