Works on Foynes water to continue into January

WORK is progressing on dealing with issues in the Foynes-Shannon Estuary Public Water Supply, according to Uisce Éireann, but the boil water notice which has been in place for some times continues following the detection of cryptosporidium at the Shannon Estuary Water Treatment Plant.

Uisce Éireann is implementing remedial measures to existing processes and is also undertaking upgrades at the plant, the organisation has said. This includes the installation of a state-of-the-art ultraviolet disinfection unit, which will provide an effective and reliable barrier to eliminate the risk of cryptosporidium.

The works are expected to continue into January.

The new unit will be capable of treating the equivalent of eight olympic-size swimming pools each day to serve the homes and businesses in the community.

Areas impacted by the current notice, which has been in place for a number of months, are Askeaton, Foynes, Ballyhahill, Loghill, Ballysteen, Pallaskenry, Kildimo, and Shanagolden and surrounding areas.

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While drinking water experts from Uisce Éireann and Limerick City and County Council are working to rectify the issues at the treatment plant, all customers on this supply are advised to continue to boil their water before use until further notice.

Residents are reminded that the water is safe to consume once boiled.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Uisce Éireann will receive direct communication on boil water notices.