Water misery for 5,000 as oil leaks into local supply
Published 30/03/2011 | 05:00
Up to 5,000 people in Connemara are turning back the clock and returning to the 'bucket day' of old after their water supply was contaminated.
Residents of Carraroe and the surrounding area have been instructed not to use their tap water for drinking, cooking or washing after home heating oil was found in the public supply.
The restrictions, announced by Galway County Council apply to all users of the Carraroe public water supply, as well as members of the Camus group water scheme.
In a notice to householders, the council said that an accidental spillage of home heating oil had found its way into the public water supply. The council now plans to flush out the system and rid the pipes of any traces of oil before restoring it.
But there was no indication yesterday of how long the 1,800 home and business owners would be without clean water.
In the notice issued to homes in Carraroe yesterday, the local authority said: "Galway County Council will continue to liaise with the HSE with a view to lifting drinking water restrictions as soon as practicable."
Council workmen yesterday installed water tanks at a number of locations in Carraroe village, but these were not expected to be filled until today.