26 February 2018 Go back to News
Plans in place to address issues with Ballyragget drinking water supply
Restriction remains in place until further notice.
Irish Water is putting a plan in place to resolve issues with the Ballyragget drinking water supply which have resulted in a restriction being imposed on this scheme.
Following an increase in the level of nitrates detected in the supply earlier this month, the HSE advised that babies under 6 months of age should not drink water from this supply. This restriction remains in place until further notice.
Since the restriction came into effect, Irish Water has been working with Kilkenny County Council to put a plan in place which will address the issue and allow the restriction to be lifted. This plan includes the installation of a specific nitrates treatment process at the reservoir site in Ballyragget.
Plan will take four weeks to implement
It is expected that the necessary works will take four weeks to complete, after which there will be a period of approximately three weeks of testing and monitoring to ensure the water is safe to drink.
All monitoring will be undertaken in consultation with the HSE, which can then advise on any further action in relation to the drinking water restriction.
Neil Smyth, Water Operations Lead, commented “Working together with Kilkenny County Council and our contractors, we now have a plan in place to address this issue, with a timeline of four weeks to implement. After that, we will continue to provide test results to the HSE and take their advice in relation to the lifting of this drinking water restriction.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide bottled water to any families who need it. They can contact us at 1850 278 278 to make arrangements for delivery.
Irish Water and Kilkenny County Council apologise for the inconvenience caused as a result of this issue and we remain committed to resolving it as quickly as possible.”
For more information and additional advice, visit our service and supply section or call our customer care helpline on 1850 278 278, open 24/7.