Concern over contamination of Rosbrien water supply

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Senator Maria Byrne

A ‘DO Not Drink’ notice that was imposed on a section of main in the Rosbrien area of Limerick City has now been lifted following consultation with the HSE.

This notice was imposed when excess levels of aluminium were recorded on the scheme late last week.

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It affected approximately 40 households along the Rosbrien Road, near the Old Crescent Rugby Grounds.

“All affected customers can now resume normal use of their water supply,” a spokesman for Irish Water told the Limerick Post.

“Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council worked throughout the weekend to resolve the issue. Scouring of the network in the area was carried out and further sampling was undertaken. Following this, the HSE was consulted and it was agreed to lift the notice.”

Bottled water was distributed to affected households over the weekend while the notice remained in place.

Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne says residents in the area are concerned about how long they have been drinking contaminated water.

“I put this question to Irish Water who have informed me they carry out regular checks on mains they maintain and it’s not that long since the last test. This time when they found large levels of aluminium they brought in the HSE for advice who decided it was better for the residents not to drink the water or use it for food preparation.

“It is important that every step is taken to sort this matter and make sure that the water is safe. This is a health risk and action needs to be taken immediately,” Senator Byrne commented.

Irish Water apologised for any inconvenience to customers as a result of this issue and thanked them for their patience as they worked to resolve it.

“We will continue to monitor the supply to ensure that the matter is fully resolved and that the water remains safe to drink. Further information and additional advice for customers is available on www.water.ie or by calling the Irish Water Customer Care Helpline on 1850 278 278. Confirmation of the lifting of the Do Not Use notice will be sent to all affected customers.”