Following sampling it was detected that the chlorine levels were elevated in the areas

Do not drink, do not use for food preparation or do not wash notice in place for all customers in  Kilcloon, Moygaddy, Killeany, Kilgraigue, Harristown, Brownstown, Ballynare, Butlerstown, Staffordstown, Brownrath, Blackhall Little, Waynestown, Harlockstown, Ballymacoll in Co Meath with immediate affect.

Following sampling it was detected that the chlorine levels were elevated in the areas. The mechanical issue that caused the chlorine levels to increase has now been resolved. We are carrying out a programme of flushing on the network to return the chlorine levels to the correct drinking water standards.

Customers must not drink the water or wash in the water until further notice but we expect that the issue will be resolved later tonight. We will provide further updates on this throughout the day. Customers are advised to draw down water from attic/storage tank, customers should flush toilets or run bathroom taps intermittently, as tanks refill chlorine levels in storage tank will return to normal.

The HSE advises that the water from this supply is unsafe to: 

  • Consume for drinking;
  • Use in connection with food preparation; and
  • Use for personal hygiene, including brushing teeth and bathing. 
  • All prepared drinks, foods, ice cubes and baby foods which contain water from the network should be discarded. 

In the interest of Public Health, it is advised that all users (i.e. domestic and commercial) on the affected scheme should not use tap water until further notice except for: 

  • Flushing of toilets; and 
  • Flushing of internal house plumbing systems.

Bottled will continue to be available for collection from the Kilcloon Church and Kilcloon School today.  Manned water tankers will be in place from 5.30pm today at the Kilcloon Church and Kilcloon School and will remain in place until tomorrow afternoon. Customers are reminded to use their own containers when taking water from the tankers and to boil water before consumption as a precautionary measure. 

Irish Water apologises for the inconvenience caused by the imposition of this do not drink and do not wash notice and thanks our customers for their patience while we work to remove the notice as quickly as possible.  

We are flushing the network to remove the high chlorine levels. We working closely Meath County Council and the HSE to monitor the supply and lift the notice as quickly as possible.

For more information and additional advice, please call our 24-hour customer care line at 1850 278 278. 

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