Irish Water says this 'discoloured' water in Laois is 'no risk to public health'

Irish Water says this 'discoloured' water in Laois is 'no risk to public health'

Irish Water has said that this dark brown water that is coming out of taps in an area of Portarlington is of no risk to public health.

A concerned member of the public sent this picture to Leinster Express to warn people in the area.

This water came straight out of the tap in Whitefield housing estate in Portarlington.

Leinster Express sent this picture to Irish Water and asked for an explanation.

A spokesperson for Irish Water has said:

"Irish Water has experienced an increase in the number of complaints about discoloured water in various parts of Portarlington and will be carrying out scouring or flushing of the distribution mains in order to improve the quality of service to customers between now and Christmas.

"The source of the discolouration is manganese which naturally exists in high concentrations in the raw water at La Bergerie Water Treatment Plant.  

"While the water is discoloured there is no risk to public health, Irish Water works closely with the HSE and EPA to monitor all water supplies.

"Customers will be notified of the dates and areas of the flushing on our website at

"While scouring or flushing occurs, customers will see a temporary discolouration of drinking water. Should this issue persist past a day, customers should contact our contact centre at 1850 278278.

"Irish Water is completing a major capital upgrade of the La Bergerie Water Treatment Plant to remove the manganese.

"Irish Water plans to scour out any manganese built up in the Corrig Hill Reservoir before the end of January and to carry out extensive scouring of the water main distribution network in 2018. On completion of all of these works the long standing intermittent issue of discoloured water in Portarlington should be resolved.

"Irish Water wishes to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused and thanks them for their patience while we carry out the necessary upgrade works at the La Bergerie Water Treatment Plant and on the water main network."

Thanks to Mary Kelly for sending us this picture.

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