5 October 2018 - Dublin Go back to News
Measures outlined to address water quality in Belvelly area
Do Not Drink Notice remains in place until further notice
We are working in partnership with Cork County Council to address issues that have led to a Do Not Drink Notice being applied for 65 properties in the Belvelly area since September 7th. The Do Not Drink Notice was imposed on the advice of the Health Service Executive when an iron exceedance was identified on the supply. Excess iron in the supply can cause a drop in the Chlorine level which in turn can leave the water at risk from inadequate disinfection.
Since the issue came to light, Irish Water and Cork County Council have been working to address the problem, including ongoing flushing and sampling in the affected part of the network.
Current action plan
The installation of an initial chlorine dosing point in the network to provide additional protection for customers has been completed, with sampling ongoing to assess its effectiveness. Additionally, a new process to provide pH correction to further protect the supply over the medium term is also being implemented at the treatment plant.
Longer term action plan
To help prevent against future iron exceedances, analysis of the network is ongoing to determine the feasibility of re-arranging the supply pipework. As this may require construction of some new network and valve arrangements, it is likely to be a longer term project.
Testing of water quality at taps in the area continues and we share these results with the HSE who will advise on the lifting of the notice. In the meantime, water tankers remain in place in the area. They are located at Cois Fota Estate and at Aldi, Ticknock.
Working to provide regular updates to customers
We acknowledge and apologise for the disruption and inconvenience this is causing and would like to assure customers that we and Cork County Council are working to restore a normal water supply as quickly as possible. We will provide regular updates to the community as we work to lift the notice.
For more on our updates in your area, please visit Supply and Service Updates or by calling the Irish Water Customer Care Helpline on 1850 278 278.