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Kiltegan Do Not Consume Notice remains in place
Update: 19 June
The Do Not Consume Notice for customers on the Kiltegan Water Supply Scheme due to elevated nitrate levels in the water supply remains in place until further notice.
Irish Water, in partnership with Wicklow County Council, are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible and safeguard the water supply. We acknowledge the impact and inconvenience caused by this DNC notice to homes and businesses in the Kiltegan area. We wish to thank the community for their ongoing patience and cooperation while we work to resolve this issue. Our priority is the provision of safe, clean drinking water and safeguarding that water supply for the future is a vital focus.
Works to install nitrate removal plant ongoing
Works to install a nitrate removal plant in Kiltegan are ongoing on site. The plant is currently in the process of being commissioned. We expect this process to take approximately four weeks. Following the successful commissioning of the plant, we will then liaise with the HSE with a view to lifting the Do Not Consume Notice.
Providing bottled water
We are providing bottled water which is currently available from 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on weekends beside Katie Lowes Pub.
Bottled water available beside Katie Lowes Pub from 9am to 7pm daily and 9am to 5pm on weekends
Irish Water, in partnership with Wicklow County Council, wish to remind all customers on the Kiltegan Water Supply Scheme that, due to elevated nitrate levels in the water supply, a Do Not Consume Notice remains in place.
Irish Water is providing bottled water which is currently available beside Katie Lowes Pub from 9am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5pm on weekends.
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. It is especially important that mains drinking water is not given to bottle fed infants.
This notice does not apply to any other areas or water schemes in County Wicklow.
This water should not be used for:
- Drinks made with water
- Food preparation, washing or cooking of food
- Brushing of teeth
- Making of ice
- In particular, children under 12 months old should not drink this water. This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants. An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also 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
- Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used
- Domestic water filters will not render water safe to drink
- Caution should be taken when bathing infants to ensure that they do not swallow the bathing water
- Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges
What can you use water for?
- The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils
Irish Water and Wicklow County Council will continue to liaise with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting this drinking water restriction as soon as practicable.
Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.