IRISH Water has confirmed the boil water notice currently in place for the Killavullen area will remain in place for the foreseeable future while the company works to remedy the situation.
he most recent notice was introduced in early May due to what Irish Water said was “high levels of turbidity in the borehole supply”.
It came just two months after a previous boil water notice issued in February had been lifted by Irish Water.
Irish Water’s drinking water standards, as per EU Drinking Water regulations, are strict and include wide safety margins. Where risks to water quality are identified through the company’s enhanced testing and monitoring programme, the Health Service Executive (HSE) are consulted, and Boil Water Notices are issued to protect public health.
In all instances immediate action is taken to address the cause of the issue to enable the lifting of the notice as quickly as it safe to do so, in agreement with the HSE.
Operations lead Pat Britton said that while experts from Irish Water and Cork County Council are working in consultation with the HSE to rectify the turbidity issues “as quickly and safety as possible”, he gave no indication as to when the boil water notice might be lifted.
“Irish Water is progressing a permanent solution to address the issues in the long-term. Interim upgrade works are also progressing which will allow us to better manage turbidity events until the enduring upgrades are completed,” said Mr Britton.
“We aim to commence upgrade works at the reservoir and treatment plant in the coming weeks. Purchase orders have been completed and we await the delivery of parts to begin the works. The aim of the short-term works is to give the plant more durability in managing turbidity events following periods of heavy rainfall,” he added.
Mr Britton said that Irish Water was working on a long-term solution that would ensure a “safe, reliable drinking water supply to customers”.
“We are progressing plans to construct a pipeline that will connect Killavullen to the Mallow Public Water Supply Scheme, the long-term plan still being to rationalise and decommission the raw water source which is vulnerable to turbidity and other factors affecting drinking water quality,” said Mr Britton.
“ We will provide further updates as the project progresses. In the meantime, all customers on this supply are advised to boil water before use until further notice,” he added.
Updates will be available on the Water Supply Updates section at www.water.ie, on Twitter @IWCare and via the 24/7 customer care helpline on 1800 278 278.
Further information in relation to the boil water notice is available from https://www.water.ie/water-supply/water-quality/boil-water-notice/.