Notice was issued in order to safeguard public health

Following a third party fuel spill on the river Anner, Irish Water and Tipperary County Council are working to return a supply of mains water to the majority of customers on the Fethard Regional Water Supply for SANITARY USE ONLY over the coming days.

It is important to note that this water will not be safe for human consumption. The DO NOT DRINK NOTICE REMAINS IN PLACE until further notice. Boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable for consumption.

This notice was issued in order to safeguard public health following an incident of kerosene contamination of the river Anner which supplies the water treatment plant.

Water production has ceased at the treatment plant and as a result, some customers in the area have lost supply. Irish Water is working with Tipperary County Council, the HSE and other relevant agencies to restore a water supply for washing and sanitary purposes. Specialist contractors are on site doing a deep clean of the plant in order to bring it back into production. In the meantime, we are working to restore a supply to as many areas as possible by rerouting water from outlying areas and establishing new borehole sources. There may be some areas where it will not be possible to restore water for several days and in these areas, we will work with the community to maintain adequate alternative supplies.

It is expected that this notice will remain in effect for a number of weeks

However, it is important to note that the Do Not Drink notice will remain in place until further notice even if the supply is restored. It is expected that this notice will remain in effect for a number of weeks as the issues caused by this incident are addressed.

In the meantime, alternative water supplies are being made available throughout the affected area. In some locations, tankers have also been used to replenish water tanks in schools and other key locations for sanitary use. Irish Water has also been in contact with vulnerable customers in the area and provided them with supplies of bottled water.

Alternative water supply locations are available at:

  • Ballinure Graveyard
  • Ballinure National School
  • Ballynonty Perries
  • Ballynonty Mill Rd Estate
  • Ballynonty Bord na Mona Road
  • Ballynonty Cottage Park Housing Est
  • Ballysloe National School
  • Ballysloe Bottle Bank
  • Cloneen Hall Cloneen
  • Cloneen Drangan Rd Estate
  • Drangan National School
  • Drangan Hair Salon
  • Drangan Housing Estate
  • Drangan Village
  • Dualla, Church Carpark
  • Fethard Ribworld
  • Fethard Old Dance Hall
  • Glengoole Church
  • Glengoole Housing Est
  • Glengoole MFRC
  • Gortnahoe National School
  • Gortnahoe St Patricks Gate
  • Gortnahoe Hall
  • Killenaule National School
  • Killenaule Castle Quarter Est
  • Killenaule Cashel Road Est
  • Killenaule Henry Laffen Hgts
  • Killusty National School
  • Killusty Village
  • Kilvenham National School
  • Moyglass National School
  • Moyglass Church Estate
  • Mohober National School
  • Mullinahone School
  • Mullinahone, Cois na hAbhann
  • Mullinahone, Blackthorn Walk
  • Mullinahone, Asses Cross
  • Poulacapple National School
  • Poulacapple Cross

The HSE has advised that kerosene is generally detected by smell and/or taste before it reaches a level which might affect health. Customers who have any health concerns should contact their GP in the first instance. Farmers who are concerned that livestock may have consumed contaminated water are advised to contact their local vet for advice, or their local Department of Agriculture contact.

Tipperary County Council’s environment section is investigating the source of the contamination incident and Irish Water will provide any assistance we can in this investigation.

Irish Water and Tipperary County Council fully acknowledge the inconvenience caused as a result of this incident and wish to assure customers that we are making every effort to restore supply as quickly as possible.

Should customers have any concerns or queries, they should contact Irish Water’s 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.

Please Note 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

Pregnant women in particular 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.

The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils, however, if you are experiencing skin irritation you may wish to avoid using water for showering or bathing or washing clothes.

  • 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.
  • Please note that boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable to drink.

Areas affected include Fethard, Killenaule, Gortnahoe, Ballysloe, Ballynonty, Moyglass, Mullinahone, Drangan, Glengoole, Cloneen, Ballinure, Killusty and surrounding areas.

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