Drinking Water Restriction Notice issued for Ballinakill 2 and Durrow 2 Public Water Supplies, and consumers on the Clonkeen-Fermoyle Group Water Scheme, Dunmore Group Water Scheme, and Tinwear Group Water Scheme.
 
Irish Water has issued a drinking water restriction notice following the advice of the Health Service Executive, due to the detection of elevated Nitrates in the supply, to customers on the Ballinakill 2 and Durrow 2 Public Water Supplies, and to consumers on the Clonkeen-Fermoyle Group Water Scheme, Dunmore Group Water Scheme, and Tinwear Group Water Scheme.On the advice of the HSE the Drinking Water Restriction Notice applies to babies under six months of age.
 
The affected area include the Southern part of Ballinakill, the Northern part of Durrow and the areas in between these locations. Laois County Council will be carrying out a leaflet drop to all homes in the affected area on Saturday, 18 June.
 
The following public health advice must be followed:

Babies under 6 months of age should not drink water from this supply until further notice. 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.
It is best not to use bottled water labelled as “Natural Mineral Water” to make up infant feeds as it can have high levels of sodium (salt) and other minerals.
All other bottle water is regulated to the same standard as the drinking water from the tap in your kitchen. If bottled water is used to make up infant formula it should be boiled (rolling boil for 1 minute) once, and cooled in the normal way. Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used. Boiling water does not destroy or remove nitrates from the water.
 
Irish Water and Laois County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting drinking water restrictions as soon as practicable and apologises to customers for  any inconvenience caused.
 
This Restriction notice does not apply to customers of the Ballinakill 1 or Durrow 1 Public Water Supplies or any other Public Water Supplies in Co. Laois.
 
Please note – this is not a Boil Water Notice - boiling the water will not reduce nitrate levels and is therefore not a suitable measure to make the water safe to consume for babies under 6 months of age. 
 
Further information and additional advice for customers is available on the service and supply section or by calling 1850 278 278.

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