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Monday 22 September 2014

Warning as lead in tap water over safe limits

David Raleigh

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

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IRISH Water has warned hundreds of householders in an area on the north side of Limerick City that their water is not safe to drink.

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Representatives from the company have dropped leaflets around to homes in Ballynanty advising residents not to drink their tap water due to the possibility of lead in the supply.

Tests were carried out at a number of homes in the area, and Irish Water told residents in a letter, that lead levels are "above the current statutory limit". The company has issued the warning letter after consulting with the Health Service Executive.

Householders have also been told as a precautionary measure, not to use the water supply for preparing food. However, residents have been told they can use the water for toilet flushing, bathing, laundry and dishwashing.

It's understood a number of temporary drinking water measures are to be made available to residents in the coming days.

According to the letter, boiling the water will not remove the lead.

Ger Dillon, Assistant Director of Service, Limerick City & County Council, told local politicians: "Recent testing at a number of houses in the Ballynanty Area as part of our Drinking Water Monitoring Programme has shown lead levels above the current statutory limit for lead in drinking water."

Irish Independent

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