Fethard water supply contamination - Do Not Drink warning still in force

Fethard water supply contamination - Do Not Drink warning still in force

Improvement to supply but Do Not Drink warning notice still remains.

Irish Water and Tipperary County Council are reminding customers on the Fethard Regional Water Supply Scheme that, as a partial water supply returns over the weekend, the Do Not Drink Notice will remain in place until further notice.

Good progress has been made in managing the network to restore water for washing and other sanitary purposes and the majority of people on the scheme should have a water supply over the coming days.

However this water is untreated and is not safe for human consumption. The Do Not Drink Notice remains in place until further notice. Boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable for consumption.

Irish Water say there may be ongoing interruptions to the supply as they work to manage the network. Customers that have appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers plumbed directly from the mains supply are advised to be particularly careful in their use as unexpected interruptions to supply could damage their appliances.

Customers may also notice discolouration or odour in the water as the network refills and some customers may have internal airlocks on their properties. For advice on dealing with airlocks please see the Irish Water website, https://www.water.ie/support/questions-and-answers/how-to-check-for-and-clea/ .

We are also asking customers in the area to continue to conserve water where possible by turning off taps when not in use, taking showers instead of baths and checking for leaks. Irish Water is especially appealing to anyone with an outside tap to ensure that it is securely turned off.

 The Do Not Drink Notice was issued on the advice of the HSE in order to safeguard public health following a kerosene spill from a third party source into the River Anner, approximately 10km upstream of the intake to the water treatment plant.

Water stations are currently available throughout the affected area and these will continue until the Do Not Drink Notice is lifted.

This alternative water should be boiled before normal use for drinking and food preparation. In some locations, tankers have also been used to replenish water tanks in schools and other key locations for sanitary use. Irish Water has also been in contact with vulnerable customers in the area and provided them with supplies of bottled water. Details of the locations of tankers will be available on the Service and Supply Section of the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/(see below)


Customers who have any health concerns should contact their GP in the first instance. Farmers who are concerned that livestock may have consumed contaminated water are advised to contact their local vet for advice, or their local Department of Agriculture contact.

 Irish Water and Tipperary County Council fully acknowledge the inconvenience caused as a result of this incident and wish to assure customers that we are making every effort to restore a normal supply as quickly as possible in consultation with the HSE.

Should customers have any concerns or queries, they should contact Irish Water’s 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.

Tanker locations March 9th – 

Ballinure Graveyard

Ballinure National School

Ballynonty Perries

Ballynonty Mill Rd Estate

Ballynonty Bord na Mona Road

Ballynonty Cottage Park Housing Est

Ballysloe National School

Ballysloe Bottle Bank

Cloneen Hall Cloneen

Cloneen Drangan Rd Estate

Drangan National School

Drangan Hair Salon

Drangan Housing Estate

Drangan Village

Dualla, Church Carpark

Fethard Ribworld

Fethard Old Dance Hall

Glengoole Church

Glengoole Housing Est

Glengoole MFRC

Gortnahoe National School

Gortnahoe St Patricks Gate

Gortnahoe Hall

Killenaule National School

Killenaule Castle Quarter Est

Killenaule Cashel Road Est

Killenaule Henry Laffen Hgts

Killusty National School

Killusty Village

Kilvenham National School

Moyglass National School

Moyglass Church Estate

Mohober National School

Mullinahone School

Mullinahone, Cois na hAbhann

Mullinahone, Blackthorn Walk

Mullinahone, Asses Cross

Poulacapple National School

Poulacapple Cross