Sunday 26 February 2017

Six month boil notice finally lifted for thousands of Galway residents

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A long standing boil notice has been finally removed in Galway. Stock Image
A long standing boil notice has been finally removed in Galway. Stock Image

A boil water notice which has been in place for over six months has been lifted for thousands of residents in Loughrea Co Galway.

The boil water notice was put in place for 8,500 customers in the Galway town on February 2, 2016.

A spokesperson for Irish Water said it has now been lifted with immediate effect.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also announced that the Loughrea Public Water Supply was being removed from their Remedial Action List (RAL).

Irish Water said it has invested over €300,000 at the two treatment plants in Loughrea to "ensure a safe and reliable supply of drinking

Ger Greally, Irish Water O&M Lead for Galway City and County said: “Irish Water is delighted that this boil water notice has been lifted within a relatively short timeframe considering the scope of works involved. We are also thrilled that the Loughrea PWS has also been removed from the EPA’s RAL following months of hard work and structured investment in the scheme. We acknowledge the work of Galway County Council in reaching this point.

“Both Loughrea water treatment plants will now provide year-round protection against the range of contaminants found in the raw water. New UV systems were installed at the two plants along with significant filter optimisation works, extensive flushing of the mains and cleaning of all four reservoirs associated with this scheme," he added.

The EPA stated that the auditors were satisfied with the upgrade works carried out to improve the safety and security of the Loughrea scheme.

Customers on the Loughrea Regional Water Supply can now resume the normal use of the water supply for drinking, food preparation, making ice and brushing teeth.

Irish Water and Galway County Council said it wished to acknowledge "the patience, cooperation and assistance of the general public during the period of the boil water notice and greatly regrets any inconvenience caused to householders, the farming and business community".

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