Following advice from the HSE, Irish Water and Waterford City & County Council issued a boil water notice on a section of the An Rinn Heilbhic Water Supply Scheme, as a precautionary measure, on 15th July. There were concerns that the disinfection process may have been compromised on a section of the supply affecting 350 households.

Irish Water is prioritising a number of measures to enable lifting the boil water notice as soon as possible but wishes to advise people that the notice is likely to be in place for another twelve weeks. Site investigation and design works have been completed ahead of construction of a new 1km section of watermain which will link to the nearby Roberts’ Cross Water Supply, allowing 100 properties to be supplied from Roberts’ Cross Water Supply. Construction work is expected to commence on this next month. Irish Water is also progressing work to replace the existing 1.4km section of cast iron mains in the Ring Helvick Water Supply. This contract is scheduled for completion by the end of November this year.

In addition, Irish Water has invested €75,000 in additional valves and hydrants to allow for more effective flushing of the water in the network, improving water quality. Automatic flushing has commenced at night at both Heilbhic and Baile na nGall and will continue as an ongoing part of network maintenance.

Irish Water appreciates the inconvenience caused as a result of the boil water notice and wishes to apologise to all customers affected. We will continue to keep local residents and elected representatives updated on these works and on our efforts to lift of the boil water notice. 


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