Work carried out to address issues arising from a recent fuel spill in River Burren

Irish Water customers in the Carlow town area may experience some temporary reduction in water pressure over the coming nights as work is carried out to address issues arising from a recent fuel spill in the River Burren.

Since this issue came to light, Irish Water has been working closely with Carlow County Council, the HSE and other agencies to ensure there is no risk to drinking water supplies and can assure customers that the town’s water supply is safe to drink.

As a precautionary measure, the Sion Cross Water Treatment Plant, which supplies part of Carlow town and surrounding areas is currently shut down. The area is being supplied from alternative sources and none of the drinking water supply to the town is coming from the River Burren.

However, due to the limits on the capacity of these alternative supplies, it is necessary to impose some restrictions on water supply until the treatment plant in Sion Cross can be brought back on line.

As a result of this, customers may experience reduced water pressure from midnight until 6am each night until further notice. It is not expected that there will be any supply outages during this time. We would ask customers to be conscious of unnecessary usage of water over the coming days so as to avoid the necessity to impose any further restrictions on the supply.

Irish Water is carrying out tests in conjunction with the HSE to monitor the quality of water on an ongoing basis and we will continue to work closely with Carlow County Council and the other agencies to resolve this issue and restore a normal water supply as quickly as possible.

We will also continue to liaise closely with, and take advice from, the HSE in relation to all public health matters.

Should customers have any concerns or queries, they should contact Irish Water’s 24/7 Customer Care Team on 1850 278 278.

For advice on simple ways to conserve water, please visit our Be Water Smart section.


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