Boil Water Notice in place as a precautionary measure

Due to an improvement in the water quality the Do Not Consume Notice issued for Borris last night has been lifted following consultation with the Health Service Executive.

However as a precaution a Boil Water Notice is being issued for the supply while testing of the water is being carried out to ensure that it is safe for consumption. The notice applies to 629 customers supplied by the Borris Public Water Supply.

Irish Water and Carlow County Council are working to resolve this issue and restore a normal water supply as quickly as possible.

Water must be boiled (rolling boil for 1 minute and then cooled) for:

  • Drinking
  • Preparing Drinks made with water
  • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
  • Brushing of teeth and/or gargling
  • Making of ice. Ensure you first discard all existing ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges


Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap of kitchen or bathroom sinks is not safe to drink.

Customers do not have to boil their water for the following:

  • Personal hygiene, baths and showers
  • Flushing of toilets
  • Watering plants and flowers

The following actions should be taken:

  • 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
  • Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water
  • 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
  • Prepared Water (boiled and cooled) for the following situations. When preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing and preparing salads)
    Preparing Infant Formula. 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.

More information

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience as a result of this issue and assure customers we are working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

More information and advice is available at Boil Water Notice or by calling our 24-hour customer care line at 1850 278 278. Updates are available on our Water Supply Updates page.


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