Water from the Ballyragget Water Supply Scheme should not be consumed by babies under 6 months

Irish Water would like to remind customers supplied by the Ballyragget Water Supply Scheme that a drinking water restriction that was put in place on Thursday 8 February remains in place until further notice.

Due to an elevated level of nitrates in the supply the HSE has advised that babies under 6 months of age should not drink water from this supply. Infant formula, for babies under 6 months of age, should not be made-up (reconstituted) using this water. An alternative safe water supply or bottled water should be used to prepare infant feeds.

Irish Water is working with Kilkenny County Council and specialist contractors to resolve this issue as quickly as possible in order to enable the restriction to be lifted.

A programme of sampling and testing of the supply is underway

A programme of sampling and testing of the supply is underway and the results of this testing will be reviewed by all stakeholders involved before further action is advised by the HSE.

Due to the nature of this issue, it is likely that this restriction will remain in place for at least two to three weeks.

We are investigating options to solve the issue, including the feasibility of introducing a new borehole source for the area’s water supply. Any new source is subject to extensive testing to ensure that it can provide an adequate, sustainable and safe supply of water for the community.

Bottled water provided to affected families

Since this restriction has come into force, we have provided supplies of bottled water to a number of families with children under six months in the area. We will continue to provide water to affected families who can contact 1850 278 278 to arrange delivery.

Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of this incident and remain committed to finding a solution as quickly as possible.

For more information and additional advice, visit the Supply Updates section or call our customer care helpline on Callsave 1850 278 278.


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