Fethard water update: Irish Water resumes production but Do Not Drink notice still in place

Irish Water has completed an intensive cleaning of Fethard Water Treatment Plant following a third party fuel spill in the River Anner on the weekend of March 3-4 and production at the plant has now been restored.

However, a Do Not Drink notice will remain in place until further notice as a programme of sampling and testing of the water is carried out to test for the presence of any potentially harmful contaminants in the network.

Any decision to lift the restrictions will be taken in consultation with the HSE following a period of clear samples showing without doubt that the water is safe to drink.

Irish Water is currently working with our contractors and Tipperary County Council to flush out the network and ensure that all treatment processes are working properly.

Areas affected include Fethard, Killenaule, Gortnahoe, Ballysloe, Ballynonty, Moyglass, Mullinahone, Drangan, Glengoole, Cloneen, Ballinure, Killusty and surrounding areas.

While this is taking place, customers may notice some variations in water pressure but a full supply should be returning to their homes and businesses over the coming days. This water can be used for washing and other sanitary purposes but it is not safe to drink.

Alternative water supplies for drinking and food preparation will remain in place throughout the affected area.

Water taken from these tankers/containers should be boiled before normal use for drinking and food preparation.

Details of the locations of tankers will be available on the Service and Supply Section of the Irish Water website at supply-and-service-update.

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.

Do Not Drink Notice:

This water should not be used for

drinks made with water,
food preparation, washing or cooking of food,
brushing of teeth, or
making of ice. 
In particular, pregnant women should not drink this water.

This water should not be used for making up infant formula for bottled fed infants.  An alternative source of water should be used. Bottled water can also be used to make up infant formula.

The water can be used for personal hygiene, bathing, flushing toilets, laundry and washing of utensils, however, if you are experiencing skin irritation you may wish to avoid using water for showering or bathing or washing clothes.

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.

Please note that boiling the water will not be sufficient to make it suitable to drinking

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