Boil Water Notice remains in place for Fedamore Public Water Supply

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A Boil Water Notice remains in place for the Fedamore Public Water Supply due to ongoing issues with the quality of the water source.

Irish Water and Limerick City and County Council fully acknowledge the impact and inconvenience caused by this restriction for homes and businesses in the area.

We wish to thank the community for their ongoing patience and assure them that we are working to resolve the issue as soon as it is safe to do so.

The Boil Water Notice was issued as a result of an increase in turbidity – or cloudiness – in the raw water coming from the underground source that supplies the area. This means that adequate disinfection of the water cannot be guaranteed, and so the water should be boiled before use.

Since this issue arose we have carried out a number of works in an attempt to address it, including upgrading the filters at the treatment plant and carrying out renovation works on the borehole. While these works have resulted in some reduction in turbidity, unfortunately the levels remain above acceptable limits and therefore we are not yet in a position to remove the Boil Water Notice.

We are now investigating the feasibility of sinking a new borehole to replace the existing source, subject to environmental, planning and funding considerations.

In the meantime we are continuing to monitor of the water quality and consulting with the HSE in relation to lifting this water restriction as quickly and as safely as possible.

Irish Water is working at this time, with our local authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of drinking water and wastewater services. We would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Updates are available on the Water Supply Updates section on our website, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.
Further information on Boil Water Notices can be found on our website https://www.water.ie/water-supply/water-quality/boil-water-notice/

Boil Water Notice advice:
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 – discard ice cubes in fridges and freezers and filtered water in fridges. Make ice from cooled boiled water.
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
• Prepare infant feeds with water that has been brought to the boil once and cooled. Do not use water that has been re-boiled several times. If bottled water is used for the preparation of infant feeds it should be boiled once and cooled. 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.
Great care should be taken with boiled water to avoid burns and scalds as accidents can easily happen, especially with children.