29 August 2018 Go back to News
Grangemore boil water notice continues while works are ongoing to protect public health
Irish Water, working in partnership with Roscommon County Council, would like to remind customers on the Grangemore water supply that the boil water notice that was issued on the scheme on Friday, July 27 remains in place.
No bacteriological contamination present
While there is no bacteriological contamination in the water supply at present, there are low chlorine residuals in the network meaning the water is vulnerable to contamination. Irish Water, working in partnership with Roscommon County Council have put a programme of works in place to rectify the situation.
Programme of works ongoing to have boil water notice lifted
Work is continuing at the treatment plant and on the distribution system to achieve a satisfactory and consistent chlorine residual throughout the scheme. An adequate chlorine residual is essential to ensure the water is fully protected against contamination. These works involve optimising the treatment plant performance and the systematic flushing of the distribution system. All three reservoirs in the network have been fully cleaned and disinfected over the past few weeks as part of the ongoing programme of works to have the boil water notice lifted.
Grangemore and Ballinameen Camlin water supply
Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority and it is important that the public continues to boil water before consumption.
We will continue to liaise with the HSE and work with Roscommon County Council to rectify this situation as quickly as possible.
This notice only applies to consumers on the Grangemore Public Water Supply and Ballinameen Camlin Group Water Scheme.
A map of the scheme, with a list of townlands and the group water scheme affected is available below. Affected areas are Croghan, Ballinameen, Ballymore, Killarght (County Sligo), The Plains and surrounding areas. Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.
Water must be boiled for:
- Drinks made with water
- Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
- Brushing of teeth
- Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges.
- Make ice from cooled boiled water.
What actions should be taken:
- Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads).
- Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for brushing teeth or gargling.
- Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe to drink. 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.
- Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times. Bottled water can 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.
Great care should be taken with boiled water
Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.
For more information and additional advice, visit our Boil Water Notice information page. You can also call our 24/7 customer care helpline on 1850 278 278 or on Twitter @IWCare.