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Uisce Éireann confirms water supplied from Lough Talt is safe to drink

11 January 2024

Information below is relevant until further updates are provided here or on our Supply and Service Updates section.

Uisce Éireann can confirm following sampling and testing recently carried out in response to discolouration, taste and odour issues reported in Lough Talt and surrounding areas, that the drinking water fully meets regulatory parameters and is safe to drink.

Kevin Love, Regional Asset Operations Lead at Uisce Éireann said: “Our primary focus is the protection of public health. We understand the concerns raised by some customers in relation to the taste and odour of their drinking water and we would like to reassure all customers that drinking water microbiological and chemical analysis carried out at the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant is compliant with drinking water regulations.

Kevin explained: “Colour can be slightly elevated this time of year due to heavy rainfall and run off to Lough Talt increasing raw water colour, but water quality remains compliant with drinking water regulations and is safe to drink. Uisce Éireann is investigating further changes to the water treatment process to improve the quality of water supplied to customers and reduce reported incidents of taste, odour and discolouration in people’s homes and businesses. In the meantime we will continue to monitor and test the water to ensure it remains safe to drink.

Customers experiencing taste or odour issues can find out more information by visiting our website at

The Uisce Éireann customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter with any queries or concerns.

For real time updates, please visit the section of our website. 

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