Irish Water, Ireland’s national water utility responsible for providing and developing water and waste water services throughout Ireland, in conjunction with Longford County Council, is pleased to announce the lifting of the boil water notice on the Newtowncashel Public Water Supply in Co. Longford. The 500 customers affected by the notice can now resume normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation and brushing teeth.

On the advice of the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Longford County Council issued a boil water notice for the Newtowncashel Public Water Supply on September 3rd 2014, following the discovery of cryptosporidium in the water supply. Irish Water immediately set about appointing a contractor to carry out the necessary upgrade works at the treatment plant, including the implementation of a UV Treatment System, in order to address the issue. Works commenced in November 2014 and were completed in March 2015. Following water quality testing and on the advice of the HSE the boil water notice has now been removed with immediate effect.

Commenting on the lifting of the Boil Water Notice, Tom Leahy, Regional Operations Manager at Irish Water said, “Irish Water is delighted to announce the removal of the boil water notice for consumers on the Newtowncashel Public Water Supply. Once the solution was identified the works progressed quickly ensuring that normal water use could be achieved as soon as possible. Safe, clean drinking water is a right of all communities across Ireland.”

Irish Water has prioritised investment to address the serious deficiencies that exist in our water and waste water infrastructure nationally. The quality of drinking water varies across the country and investment is needed to ensure all communities and businesses nationwide have access to the same standard of drinking water. Eliminating boil water notices, such as those that existed in Newtowncashel, is a priority.

Irish Water invested €340m in improving water and waste water services in 2014 and will invest over €410 million in improving water services during 2015, this spend will increase over subsequent years. Capital investment of around €600m per year is required for a sustained period of several decades, in order to address the acknowledged deficiencies in the country’s water infrastructure.

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