Ongoing Boil Water Notice has hit 50 homes in Laois town for two weeks

Irish Water issued the Boil Water Notice on June 1

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Up to 50 homes in Laois town hit with Boil Water Notice for the last two weeks

Up to 50 homes in Laois town hit with Boil Water Notice for the last two weeks

Approximately 50 homes in a Laois town have been hit with a Boil Water Notice for the last two weeks due to ‘inadequate disinfection’ according to Irish Water.

A Boil Water Notice was issued to a up to 50 homes in Portarlington between Lough Crossroads, Doolagh Crossroads and Killbride Bridge on June 1 and still remains in place almost two weeks later on June 13.

The affected people in Portarlington must boil and cool any water they use for drinking, preparing food, brushing teeth and making ice.

It advises that using a domestic water filter does not make the water safe to drink and that caution should be taken when bathing children so they do not swallow the water.

“Due to inadequate disinfection for specific customers, the drinking water quality entering the Lough Public Water Supply has been affected.

“As a result, and following consultation with the Health Service Executive, Irish Water and Laois County Council are issuing a Boil Water Notice with immediate effect to protect the health of specific consumers.”

This notice has been issued for people on the Lough Public Water Supply and the  Portarlington 2 Public Water Supply.

A spokesperson for Irish Water said that fliers were dropped to the 50 homes affected.

“A boil water notice was issued to a small number of customers on the Lough and Portarlington 2 water supplies on June 1st as a result of inadequate disinfection, which currently remains in place. The 2 notices are affecting approximately 50 houses in total in the following areas: Lough Cross Roads to Doolough Cross Roads and  Doolough Cross Roads to Kilbride bridge.

“A flier-drop was carried out door to door to the houses affected as soon as the BWN was put in place in order to alert home owners to the notice.

“Irish Water is working to address the issue and we will provide residents with updates as they become available,” the spokesperson said.

All consumers affected by this notice must boil their water before drinking.

1: Water must be boiled (rolling boil for 1 minute and then cooled) for:

Drinking

Preparing Drinks made with water

Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating

Brushing of teeth and/or gargling

Making of ice. However, ensure you first discard all existing ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges

IMPORTANT: Boil water by bringing to a vigorous, rolling boil and allow to cool. Cover and store in a refrigerator or cold place. Water from the hot tap of kitchen or bathroom sinks is not safe to drink.

2: You do not have to boil your water for the following:

Personal hygiene, baths and showers

Flushing of toilets

Watering plants and flowers

3: Caution:

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

Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water

If you have pets and are concerned about the impact of providing mains water while this BWN is in place, you should ask your local vet for advice

4: Only use Prepared Water (boiled and cooled) for the following situations.

When preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing and preparing salads)

Preparing 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 also 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.

5: Always Take Care:

Care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds. Accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

6: How long before the boil water notice can be lifted?

We do not know at present, but Irish Water will continue to liaise and consult with the Health Service Executive with a view to lifting the Boil Water Notice as soon as practicable

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