2 August 2018 Go back to News
Grangemore boil water notice continues while works are in place 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.
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.
Extensive flushing of the network is underway and a reservoir cleaning programme for the three reservoirs will commence next Tuesday and will take a number of days to complete.
Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority and it is important that the public continues to boil water before consumption.
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.
Customers are asked 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 while being reminded that once boiled, the water is safe to consume.
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.