Sunday 25 February 2018

Water restrictions lifted at Galway estate where supply was contaminated with kerosene

Rhoda Keher and her daughter Grace in the Moyola Park estate in Galway
Rhoda Keher and her daughter Grace in the Moyola Park estate in Galway
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Water restrictions have been lifted at a Galway estate where the supply was contaminated with kerosene almost two weeks ago.

Residents in Moyola Park in the city have been told they can now use the water supply again.

Locals were left in the dark for almost a week before being informed of the contamination last Thursday, The problem occurred when a small amount of kerosene was inadvertently put into a water tank at one of the homes in the estate two weeks ago.

From there is made its way into the public water supply.

A statement from Irish Water today confirmed that the water restrictions have now been lifted following on from a continual flushing of the system and repeated testing of the water.

Read more: Irish Water took six days to issue kerosene warning

“Irish Water is pleased to confirm that following a joint meeting this morning between Irish Water, Galway City Council, and the HSE and a review of the incident of kerosene contamination of the water supply at Moyola Park Galway, that the 'Do Not Use' notice for the area has now been lifted.

“Based on sampling results, on advice from the HSE, the water is now considered safe for drinking and food preparation,” it added.

Residents are currently being notified. Representatives from Galway City Council and Irish Water are calling door to door to deliver the updated notification and answer any questions customers may have. 

“This incident has been confined to the Moyola Park area of Galway and no other area is affected.

“Irish Water and Galway City Council acknowledge the patience, cooperation and assistance of the householders affected,” the statement continued.

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