Customers on the Glengar Public Water Supply are advised that a Boil Water Before Use notice has been issued for the supply.
Uisce Eireann issued the notice to protect public health after cryptosporidium was detected in the water supply.
All consumers affected by this notice must boil their water before drinking – approximately 470 customers are impacted.
Cryptosporidium is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis.
The notice impacts customers in Glengar, Leugh, Knockanavar, Moher East, Moher West, Shanacloon, Gortaderry, Ballyhane East, Ballyhane West and surrounding areas.
A map of the affected area shown can also be found on the supply and service section of water.ie or above.
Customers can check if their property is included by visiting the Water Quality section of www.water.ie and entering the property’s Eircode or by calling the Uisce Éireann’s customer care helpline, open 24/7, on 1800 278 278.
Vulnerable customers who have registered with Uisce Éireann will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice and are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled and cooled.
Water must be boiled for:
· 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.
Staff from Uisce Eireann and Tipperary County Council and the HSE are working closely together to restore normal water supply as soon as possible. In the meantime, customers supplied by this source should boil and cool the water before use.
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;
· 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 do not need added water can also be used.