Significant progress made in restoring water supply for sanitation following third party fuel spill in Anner River

Irish Water and Tipperary County Council are reminding customers on the Fethard Regional Water Supply Scheme that, as a partial water supply returns over the weekend, the Do Not Drink Notice will remain in place until further notice.
 
Good progress has been made in managing the network to restore water for washing and other sanitary purposes and the majority of people on the scheme should have a water supply over the coming days.
 
However this water is untreated and is not safe for human consumption. The Do Not Drink Notice remains in place until further notice. Boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable for consumption. (Please see details below)
 
There may be ongoing interruptions to the supply as we work to manage the network. Customers that have appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers plumbed directly from the mains supply are advised to be particularly careful in their use as unexpected interruptions to supply could damage their appliances.
 
Customers may notice discolouration or odour in the water as the network refills. Some customers may also have internal airlocks on their properties. For advice on dealing with airlocks please visit our 'How to check for and clear internal airlocks' page.
 
We are also asking customers in the area to continue to conserve water where possible by turning off taps when not in use, taking showers instead of baths and checking for leaks. Irish Water is especially appealing to anyone with an outside tap to ensure that it is securely turned off.
 
The Do Not Drink Notice was issued on the advice of the HSE in order to safeguard public health following a kerosene spill from a third party source into the River Anner, approximately 10km upstream of the intake to the water treatment plant.
 
Water stations are currently available throughout the affected area and these will continue until the Do Not Drink Notice is lifted. This alternative water should be boiled before normal use for drinking and food preparation. In some locations, tankers have also been used to replenish water tanks in schools and other key locations for sanitary use. Irish Water has also been in contact with vulnerable customers in the area and provided them with supplies of bottled water. Details of the locations of tankers are available on the drinking water updates page.
 
Customers who have any health concerns should contact their GP in the first instance. Farmers who are concerned that livestock may have consumed contaminated water are advised to contact their local vet for advice, or their local Department of Agriculture contact. 
 
Irish Water and Tipperary County Council fully acknowledge the inconvenience caused as a result of this incident and wish to assure customers that we are making every effort to restore a normal supply as quickly as possible in consultation with the HSE.
 
Should customers have any concerns or queries, they should contact Irish Water’s 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278. 

Please Note: 
This water should not be used for
  • drinking,
  • drinks made with water, 
  • food preparation, washing or cooking of food, 
  • brushing of teeth, or 
  • making of ice.  
In particular, pregnant women 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.
 
The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils, however, if you are experiencing skin irritation you may wish to avoid using water for showering or bathing or washing clothes.
 
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.
 
Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges.
 
Please note that boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable to drink.
 
Areas affected include Fethard, Killenaule, Gortnahoe, Ballysloe, Ballynonty, Moyglass, Mullinahone, Drangan, Glengoole, Cloneen, Ballinure, Killusty and surrounding areas.

 

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