A boil water notice has been re-issued this week for parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath due to bad weather.
Irish Water has said that the notice will impact approximately 600,000 people and comes as a result of heavy rain. The areas impacted are the same as those that were affected by a similar boil notice two weeks ago.
In a statement released Irish Water said: “Due to heavy rain, turbidity (cloudy water due to suspended particles levels) in the source water for the old Leixlip Plant exceeded acceptable levels. Plant operators reacted quickly before alarms were activated and shut down the old plant to stop this water entering the network. There were no issues at the new plant, where the level of turbidity was managed by the newer technology on site. It was essential to re-start production at the old plant, which produces 20 per cent of drinking water for Dublin, otherwise significant restrictions and outages would be inevitable. As Irish Water cannot guarantee the quality the water from the old plant, a Boil Water Notice is now in place.”
The notice declared that 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 Ice – discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
Those with queries regarding this Boil Water Notice should contact Irish Water directly on its 24/7 customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.