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South Sligo 'Water Boil Notice' remains in place

Irish Water reminds customers supplied by Lough Talt public water supply Boil Water Notice remains in place.

Sligo Today has been advised that  a further update will be released following a meeting with the Health Service Executive (HSE) scheduled for this Friday (11 May).

Irish Water, working in partnership with Sligo County Council, says that customers supplied by the Lough Talt Public Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice, that was issued on the supply on Monday - February 5, remains in place and customers must continue boiling water for before consumption.

The HSE advised that the notice should be extended during the high risk cryptosporidium  period which runs until the end of April/beginning of May following the detection of cryptosporidium in six samples.

Weekly sampling is continuing and the HSE has confirmed that to date there have been no cases of associated illness reported in the community.

Irish Water is working with Sligo County Council to prepare a suitable planning application for submission which, if granted, will ensure the necessary barriers against cryptosporidium are installed at the Lough Talt Water Treatment Plant. Irish Water will be submitting a planning application to Sligo County Council to provide an emergency water treatment plant on the existing site in the coming weeks. All options are being investigated including the standard planning process and the emergency IROPI process.

Areas affected by the Boil Water Notice include the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a large rural hinterland including the villages of Annagh, Aclare, Bellaghy, Bunnanaddan, Curry, Lavagh, Ballanacarrow, Carroweden, Kilmacteige, Quarryfield and Coolaney.

This boil notice also includes customers supplied by the Ogham Group Water Scheme (GWS) in Co Sligo and the following areas in Co Mayo: Cloontia, Doocastle, and the Moylough GWS. 

Customers are reminded to continue to boil water before consumption including the washing of teeth, making of ice and in the preparation of food that is not cooked. It is imperative that people adhere to the boil water notice.

Irish Water and Sligo County Council sincerely apologise to all customers for any inconvenience caused by this Boil Water Notice.

Water must be boiled for:

·         Drinking
·         Drinks made with water
·         Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
·         Brushing of teeth
·         Making of ice - discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges.
          Make ice from cooled boiled water.

What actions should be taken:

·         Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked
          (e.g. washing salads)

·         Water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets but not for
          brushing teeth or gargling

·         Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil (e.g. with an automatic kettle) and allow
          to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap is not safe
          to drink. 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

HSE advice for making up infant formula

Where a Boil Water Notice is in place, you can prepare infant formula from tap water that has been boiled once (rolling boil for 1 minute) and cooled beforehand.

Bottled water can 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. Ready-to-use formula that does not need added water can also be used.

Anyone suffering from diarrhoea for more than two days should contact their general practitioner and provide a stool sample for testing. They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.

Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Further information and additional advice for customers is available on www.water.ie or by calling 1850 278 278.