The Do Not Drink Notice has been put in place as a precautionary measure

Following advice from the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council have issued a Do Not Drink notice for the area supplied by the Rathkeale Public Water Supply.
The Do Not Drink Notice has been put in place as a precautionary measure following an increase in turbidity in the raw water source for the Rathkeale Public Water Supply.
Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of water. Certain water supplies can be prone to increased levels of turbidity after heavy rain, or because algae has grown in the water source or because material such as sediment in the water mains has been disrupted.
Irish Water drinking water compliance and operational experts are working with colleagues in the Limerick City and County Council to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Customers will notice some reduction in water pressure over the coming days and particularly at night as we carry out work to address this issue.

In the meantime, the water should NOT be used 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. However, ensure you first discard all existing ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges,
  • In particular pregnant women should not drink this water.

Alternative Water Supplies

The areas affected include Rathkeale town and surrounding areas down to Kilcolman.
Supplies of bottled water will be available at the Square, Rathkeale.
Ian O’Mahony, Irish Water Operations Lead for Limerick said: “This Do Not Drink notice has been issued as a precautionary measure to protect approximately 2,500 customers on the Rathkeale public water scheme. We acknowledge that this will cause inconvenience for people living in the area and would like to assure our customers that we will continue to work closely with Limerick City and County Council and the HSE to monitor the supply and lift the notice as quickly as it is safe to do so.
Additional information and advice is available at Water Supply Updates or by calling Irish Water’s 24-hour customer care line at 1850 278 278


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