Alert: Boil Water Notice for Millstreet

From Irish Water: On the advice of the Health Service Executive, a Boil Water Notice is being issued to all users of the Millstreet Public Water Supply. Areas affected are: Millstreet Town, Ballydaly, Laught, Drishane, Keale). This is due to detection of low levels of Cryptosporidium. Accordingly, in the interest of public health, it is recommended that all users fed from the Millstreet Public Water Supply boil water before use. The boil notice applies until further notice

Water must be boiled for: 

  • Drinking
  • Drinks made with water
  • Preparation of salads and similar foods, which are not cooked prior to eating
  • Brushing of teeth
  • Making of ice
  • 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 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.
  • Discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
  • Use water prepared for drinking when preparing foods that will not be cooked (e.g. washing salads).
  • Prepare infant feeds with tap water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been reboiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. If you are using bottled water for preparing baby food, be aware that some natural mineral water may have high sodium content. The legal limit for sodium in drinking water is 200mg per litre. Check the label on the bottled water to make sure the sodium or `Na’ is not greater than 200mg per litre. If it is, then it is advisable to use a different type of bottled water. If no other water is available, then use this water for as short a time as possible. It is important to keep babies hydrated.
  • Anyone suffering from diarrhoea. They should continue to drink plenty of boiled or bottled water.

Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.

Q. How long before the boil water notice can be lifted?

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

Q. How will we keep you informed?

  • Public Notices
  • Website: www.water.ie
  • Irish Water Customer Contact Centre: 1850 278 278

Remember to boil water as advised until further notice
Areas affected are: Millstreet Town, Ballydaly, Laght, Drishane, Keale. Reference number: BWN19052017

from the Irish Water Supply and Service Updates & Cllr Melissa Mullane

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North Cork water supply contaminated Irish Examiner May 20th

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2017-05-22: A message from Irish Water to Cllr Bernard Moynihan [ref]

Funding of €210,000 for Millstreet Water Supply

Please see below response received from Irish Water regarding the installation of the UV treatment at Millstreet.

Irish Water has identified Millstreet as a vulnerable supply due to the lack of adequate treatment and has been carrying out regular testing of the supply to ensure there was no threat to public health. In order to address the disinfection issue, funding of €210,000 was provided for the installation of 2 ultraviolet (UV) disinfection units, micro filters and ancillary works at the Millstreet Water Treatment Plant. Contractors were appointed last month and are currently working on site to install this system.

This will ensure that water from this supply has a fully validated cryptosporidium inactivation barrier, which will treat water for cryptosporidium and mitigate the risk. This work is expected to be complete in mid-June. A Boil Water Notice has been put in place on the Scheme as a precautionary measure to protect approximately 2,500 people served by this supply following the detection of low levels of cryptosporidium in a recent test.

On completion of the works, Irish Water will liaise with the HSE with a view to having the Boil Water Notice removed as soon as possible.

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Irish Water Care (@IWCare) to @millstreet_town (May 22nd)[ref]
“Hi, I can confirm the BWN is not connected to the installation of UV filtration as works on this have not yet commenced.”

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